Contests open doors for S. Florida start-ups

It’s contest season for entrepreneurs, offering participants valuable feedback, perhaps some fame, maybe even financial gain.

One of the highlights of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which kicks off Monday, will be the finals of the Launch Pad’s Elevator Pitch Contest from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Storer Auditorium on UM’s campus. The 20 finalists in the community and student tracks will compete with their 90-second pitches for more than $100,000 in prizes. There is also a People’s Choice competition, where the public can select their favorites through social media voting:

Pitch contests are not just about the winning, the organizers told me. You never know who might be in the audience — your next big customer, a potential corporate partner, your first investor.

Universities are holding business plan competitions too.
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Watch for the 14th Annual Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, sponsored by Florida International University’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center, to launch in early February. You can enter your three-page plan in one of three tracks — community, FIU and high school — and we have a few surprises in store.
Stay tuned.

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