"Here's my pitch to you:
Deliver the strongest
pitch in Tampa,
and win $25,000.”

- Topher Morrison

10 businesses;
5 minutes on stage;
1 winner gets $25,000 cash

On one extraordinary evening, 10 driven business owners will present their very best 5-minute pitches to sell their company's services to potential customers.

The best pitch will win a cash prize of $25,000.

Will you be among the final 10?

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What is The BIG Pitch?

The competition structure
it's simple:


Submit a 5-minute video pitching your company’s services.
(Application fee $100 / Apply by April 1st)

The estimated number of applicants is 200, which means you have a 1 in 4 chance of making it to round 2.

(Odds decrease as number of applicants increase.)

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    Round 1 Details

    All videos need to be submitted no later than 5:00PM on April 1st, 2015.

    Who can compete in The BIG Pitch as a contestant?

    • You must be a business owner.
    • That business must be a legal entity licensed to conduct business.
    • You must fill out the online application in full.
    • $100 application fee applies.

    Submit a link (YouTube, Dropbox, or your web server is fine, as long as it's a public link) to the video with your big 5-minute pitch.

    It doesn’t have to be a professional video! If you don’t have access to video equipment, just schedule an appointment at our office to record it for you (at no additional charge). You can schedule your appointment right now by calling: (813) 258-4372

    What are we looking for in your pitch?

    You will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Is your message clear? (Do I get what you do?)
    • Are you credible (Do I get why I would want to hire you?)
    • What is the problem you solve?
    • How do you solve it?
    • Why do you do what you do?
    • What is your reputation like in the marketplace?

    Props or visual aids are not allowed during the pitch. If you can’t pitch what you do without props or visual aids, then your pitch needs work. You can’t carry visual aids or props at a networking event, and you can’t use them in the video either.

    After we review your video, one of two things will happen:

    If you qualify: On April 3rd, 2015, you’ll receive an email confirming your approval to move on to Round 2. Congrats!

    If you don’t qualify: You’ll receive an email notifying you.

    Because of your stepping up for the challenge, you’ll receive a complimentary copy of our best-selling book, “Become a Key Person Of Influence,” along with a chance to obtain priority seating at The BIG Pitch live event.


    But more than that, you'll receive a customized, detailed instruction on how you can improve your pitch in the future. This feedback will help you present your business more clearly when visiting networking events, trade shows, sales meetings, and speaking opportunities. This feedback alone is worth way more than $100.

    Are you up for the challenge?



50 contestants will proceed to pitch live in front of our judges.

From here, 10 contestants will be selected, who will move on to the Final Round.

(Odds of making it to the Final Round will be 1 in 5.)

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    Round 2 Details

    If you’re among the 50 people who qualify in Round 1

    We will schedule a time for you to come and audition live in front of our judges at our office. The audition consists of your 5-minute BIG Pitch, and the judges will give you 10 minutes of feedback. This live audition will be held between April 13 - April 17, 2015.

    On Saturday, April 18th, 2015

    You will be notified on whether you are one of the 10 finalists, who will move on to the Final Round for a chance to win $25,000 in cash by pitching your company to a live audience at the Straz Performing Arts Center.

    If you don’t move on to the Final Round

    You will receive an opportunity to purchase a ticket to attend The BIG Pitch live event at a discounted rate.


10 finalists will give their BIG Pitch in front of a live audience.

The celebrity judges will select one winner, who will receive a cash prize of $25,000.

(Odds of winning are 1 in 10.)

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    Final Round Details

    The Final Round is simple:

    10 finalists will pitch in front of a live audience of 400 business owners, potential customers, and venture capitalists at The BIG Pitch event on April 30, 2015, in front of a select group of celebrity judges.

    Whether you win the Grand Prize or not, this will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase your company in front of 400 business leaders and live streamed all over the world.

    Our celebrity judges will score each BIG Pitch, and at the end of the event, the person who delivers the best BIG Pitch will win a Grand Prize of $25,000 in cash.

    This is not $25,000 in prizes…

    The prize is an actual check for $25,000 in the name of your business.

Our celebrity judges are:

  • Joel Comm - The BIG Pitch judge

    Joel Comm

    Internet Pioneer and New York Times Best-Selling Author,
    The Adsense Code

  • Dr. Rebecca White The BIG Pitch judge

    Dr. Rebecca White

    Director of Entrepreneurial Studies University of Tampa

  • Bernhard Dohrmann The BIG Pitch judge

    Berny Dohrmann

    Founder of CEO Space

  • Mystery Judge #4

  • Mystery Judge #5

Are you up for the challenge?

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Would you like to be an audience member?

If competing isn't your thing, we have a place for you anyway. You can still attend the live event as an audience member.

Purchase tickets here

Live Event Ticket

The BIG Pitch VIP Experience
(Only 10 seats total)
  • Seating with finalists
  • VIP Swag Bag
  • Dinner with Celebrity Judges

Straz Center, Tampa FL
April 30th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm

Live Event Ticket

Main floor

Straz Center, Tampa FL
April 30th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm

Live Event Ticket

2nd row balcony

Straz Center, Tampa FL
April 30th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm

Live Event Ticket

3rd row balcony

Straz Center, Tampa FL
April 30th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm

Live Event

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 North Macinnes Place Tampa, FL 33602

April 30th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm