My name is Bob Leighty, and I work with startup and established local food entrepreneurs. My organization FoodStart is partnering with Franklin University and the Women’s Small Business Accelerator to present The Big Pitch, Central Ohio’s Most Innovative Culinary Contest, where local food entrepreneurs make their pitch to you and to local food industry experts. Our ticket sales and any other money raised go toward funding prize money and providing a year of mentoring to our winning entrepreneurs. We are partnering with u-Wish, a really cool local crowdfunding platform, to collect money for tickets and contributions.
Our partners for this event include Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Eat Well Distribution, the North Market, Columbus Food League, Crest Gastropub, Explorers Club, Local Matters, Columbus Underground, The Metropreneur, Donatos, Randy Sokol & Associates, The Hills Markets, ECDI’s Food Fort, Small Business Beanstalk, Celebrate Local, Support Our Local Economy (SOLE), Women's Business Center of Ohio, and many other supporters of local food entrepreneurs. These folks are helping us market the event, and judge and mentor our winning entrepreneurs, but we need to raise cash for our prizes and other expenses to put on the event.
Pledge now, reserve your tickets, let’s support our local food entrepreneurs!
There are two events:
(1) Food Tasting and Voting on June 21 at Ross Auditorium of Franklin University, 301 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215; and
(2) The Big Pitch, Awards, and Pitch Party sponsored by Donatos and Jeni’s on June 28 at Ross Auditorium of Franklin University, 301 East Rich Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Individual tickets for each event are $20, but a pledge of $30 gets you into both. Family tickets for each event are $50, but a pledge of $75 gets you into both. If you are purchasing tickets for just one event, please indicate which event you plan to attend in the comment section, located at the bottom of the wish page. Please note that tickets for one event may not be used at the other.
For a pledge of $100 or more, if you are interested, you can be considered for a position as a guest judge. Only three judge spots are available, one each for the categories: Restaurant, Mobile, and Food Product. Please indicate which event you would like to judge in the comment section at the bottom of the wish page. Judges will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. Judges will receive free entry into the Awards and After Party.
Pledges will be collected daily. Tickets will be issued via email the following from U-Wish representative to the registered user. Tickets must be presented at the door for entry.
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