Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship is hosting a Business Pitch competition. The contest is open to businesses operating within one of the four quadrants of the city of Rochester.

Registration for the competition is open to business owners 18 years of age and older, who have an existing business plan and a business earning a minimum of $25,000 in annual gross revenue.

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Participants are required to attend one meet-and-greet session, as well as three boot camp sessions, which will cover pitch etiquette, financial literacy, and review of the business plan. Judges will be examining the businesses’ unique competitive advantage, marketability, industry expertise of the owner/team, financial strength of the business and company growth. 

“We’re looking for business owners who are passionate about serving the residents of the city of Rochester,” said Ebony Miller-Wesley, director of RIT’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship. “One of our goals is to provide unique opportunities for those businesses that are challenged by securing access to capital. We are hoping to make an impact that will help keep them growing within our urban areas and providing services to our urban communities.”

Deadline to enter is Friday, Aug. 2. Finals are Aug. 21 at the Strathallan Rochester.