Savannah entrepreneurial competition winding up for new applicants


Davis Cobb, Correspondent

In the interest of assisting beginning entrepreneurs in starting their businesses and launching their ideas, Savannah-focused entrepreneurial competition BizPitch Savannah™ is preparing to begin accepting applications for the 2020 contest.

Organized and presented by Savannah’s Chaper of SCORE, a network of volunteers who work to help educate and support entrepreneurs and small businesses owners, the project aims to provide three budding entrepreneurs with over $10,000 and professional services at no charge to help them jumpstart their businesses.

“We are so pleased to be presenting BizPitch Savannah™ again this year.” Said Michael Siegel, the Savannah SCORE Chapter Chair. “This is a really exciting and fun event that promotes entrepreneurism and the importance of small businesses in our community and gives our contestants a chance to realize their dream of owning their own business.”

To be eligible for the competition, applicants must be at least 18 years of age; their businesses must be either a new startup or have received a Savannah-Chatham County business license no earlier than May 1, 2019. In the event they do not have a business, they must agree to locate it within the Savannah/Chatham area. A non-refundable $25 fee must also be paid upon submitting the application.

Applications will be available for submission online Friday, September 18, and can be submitted through midnight October 2. Afterward, eight finalists will be selected and announced October 14, at which time they will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges November 6 at The Creative Coast in Savannah. From these finalists three winners will be selected to receive the prize money and free services.

“We were so thrilled to have such an opportunity to not only participate in an amazing competition,” said Maria Vaughn and Michael Wedum, Co-Founders of COR Compost and BizPitch Savannah™’s 2019 winners. “But to also receive the wonderful resources given to us to help us jump-start our journey into creating a successful business.”

The competition rules and the online application form will be made available September 18 at