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Rules/Limitations

  1. All pitch applications will be reviewed by the StartUp Akron Pitch Competition Committee. Applicants selected to compete in the Pitch Competition will be notified by the Committee by May 10 and invited to Pitch on May 17, 2023.
  2. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application.
  3. Applications are not limited to Akron residents.
  4. No Props, PowerPoints or other electronic or visual aids other than prototypes will be allowed in the competition, however set-up time will not be allowed. Handouts and samples may not be distributed to the judges or audience at any time during your presentation.
  5. Pitches cannot be longer than 3 minutes (180 seconds).
  6. One Application Per Person; if a person is involved in more than one business, another member of that business can complete an application.
  7. Only one member of a business may present the pitch; all other business associates will be seated in the audience.
  8. Winners agree to be contacted by the library for follow-up information gathering.
  9. Winners likeness may be used for promotional materials.
  10. All decisions by judges is final.

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Thank you to Burton D. Morgan Foundation for generously supporting the StartUp Akron Pitch Competition.