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Sun, 19 Jun


USDA Parking Lot

Pull Up & Pitch @ Something In the Water Festival

Pull Up & Pitch! A pop up pitch competition designed to normalize pitching & break funding barriers. Shoot your shot for up to $30K.

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Pull Up & Pitch @ Something In the Water Festival
Pull Up & Pitch @ Something In the Water Festival

Time & Location

19-Jun-2022, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

USDA Parking Lot , Corner of 12th St. and Independence Ave. SW

About the Event

About the Event:

Pull Up & Pitch brings the pitch competition from the "business stages" to your neighborhood with a focus on normalizing business pitching, creating visibility for innovative ideas, supporting small business revitalization, and educating the public on how to ask for and manage finances. It’s a fast-paced highly entertaining two-round competition where Black and Latinx founders, small business owners, and entrepreneurs shoot their shot with a 60-second elevator pitch to access up to $30,000 in grants to grow their businesses on the spot!

Imagine The Voice meets Shark Tank in your neighborhood! No prior pitch experience is required. You do not have to be a tech company or classify yourself as a "startup.” Pull Up & Pitch @ Something in the Water is open to Black & Latinx founders, small business owners, and entrepreneurs of all genders from all walks of life.

It's time to normalize shooting your shot and expecting to win!

How does the BGV Pull Up & Pitch event work?

  • RSVP and meet us at Something in the Water Festival
  • Walk right up and get in line or come over to the booth to listen
  • In round 1, Founders will pitch for 60 seconds to a panel of champions (judges)
  • Each champion gets one vote (each vote is worth $250 - $500)
  • If the Founder gets a vote from all three judges, they move on to Round 2
  • Round 2 Founders will pitch for up to 3 minutes to Omi and a special guest judge for the chance to access an additional $10,000 + other perks and prizes from partners.

Don’t just meet us there, beat us there!

Got questions? We have answers!  Email us at

Note: To be eligible for the prize, you must be a legitimate business, must identify as Black or Latinx. All gender identities are welcome.

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