You’re Invited to InnoVentures

Join us for a night of inspirational business pitches, good beer, and networking with Ventures’ community of entrepreneurs. Buy tickets here.

If you’ve ever attended a Ventures Business Development Training Graduation, you have seen empowerment in action. You have seen a group of aspiring entrepreneurs stand up with confidence and pitch their business in 30 seconds. Yep, 30 seconds.

That’s not a whole lot of time but the impact is profound. For over two decades, the elevator pitch has been a key outcome of our business training programs. It combines the elements of confidence and competence: can you communicate the benefits of your business to your target customer in the best way possible?

After Ventures made the finals at SVP Fast Pitch last October we designed InnoVentures, our first ever client pitch contest. It is a chance for Ventures business owners from the food, product, and service sectors to pitch an innovation that will increase efficiency and grow sales. Contestants will work with coaches to refine their ideas and develop public speaking skills. A guest panel of community leaders and industry experts will judge the pitches to determine winners. Business owners will earn prizes and resources to expand their enterprises.

In the initial application, we wanted to hear what new direction business owners wanted to pursue. Was it a new product line? A new target market? A new piece of technology? What would make a difference in their business? We were impressed with the quantity and quality of the initial applications. Thirty businesses have been accepted into the quarterfinals, with half of those businesses proceeding to the semifinals.  After that, six to eight businesses will be selected to go to the InnoVentures Finals on March 30th at Optimism Brewing in Seattle. Get your tickets before it sells out!

As you can imagine, the business owners selected are excited and nervous to present their ideas in this competition.

When we asked clients why they’re pitching, this is what they said:

I am doing this so I can get motivated to work on my business.

I want to be able to talk about my business better.

I want to be more confident in public speaking.

I want to connect with a network of people who can support me.

Business owners will receive ongoing coaching, work with staff specialists and volunteers to refine and hone their pitch, and learn how to create an effective PowerPoint presentation. All of this in less than five weeks.

InnoVentures is not just another pitch contest with fantastic prizes; it exemplifies our core values of community, empowerment, innovation, and client success. We hope to see you on March 30th for the finals!

We want to thank our generous sponsors BECU, Boeing, Vulcan, and Friends of the Waterfront for underwriting this event.