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Rising Tide Capital Presents the 3rd Annual Start Something Challenge

Elizabeth Migliore of Jersey City Veggie Burgers (left), Corretta Owusu of aSuiteStay (mid) and Nicole Silva of DollyMoo (right)
Elizabeth Migliore of Jersey City Veggie Burgers (left), Corretta Owusu of aSuiteStay (mid) and Nicole Silva of DollyMoo (right)
2013 Start Something Challenge Winners Photo Credit: Rising Tide Capital

A Free Video Pitch Competition for New Jersey Entrepreneurs with $30,000 in cash and prizes

Microbusinesses across New Jersey will have an opportunity to create a 30-second video commercial to present their business or pitch their business idea using the Animoto platform.

The challenge will open doors for participants to learn more about local business resources and receive mentorship as well as hands-on coaching.

Rising Tide Capital encourages all participants to push forward on their journey. They will offer tutorials in Essex and Hudson counties to help prepare entrepreneurs for the challenge. (RTM) also recommends entrants to use various online and offline marketing strategies to drive traffic to their video presentations to increase votes.

Last year, over 100 entrepreneurs from 38 local cities and towns participated in the challenge, while only 10 won either cash prizes or iPads, all participants received valuable marketing and networking experience to start and grow their business.

While only 10 participants will be selected for the final round, it will provide them with a chance to pitch their business idea to an audience of judges. The top (3) will be selected to win business grants to assist them with developing their business as well as to be recognized at the “Star Something Champions Gala.”

Please submit your video pitch between June 16th - July 3rd by noon. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Applicants must be operating a microbusiness or have a strong business idea to partake in the challenge.

Please take note of the following dates to help prepare for the entrepreneurship competition:

June 16th- Open period for SSC submissions

June 18th from 6:30pm-8:30pm- Jersey City Video Pitch Tutorial (HCCC Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street, room 508, Jersey City, NJ)

June 24th from 6:30pm-8:30pm- Newark pitch tutorial (Rutgers Newark, 1 Washington Park, Room 120, Newark, NJ)

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Rising Tide Capital (RTC) is a Jersey City-based nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by Harvard graduates Alex Forrester and Alfa Demmeliash. RTC helps entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses by providing a 12-week Community Business Academy-supplemented by year-round workshops, coaching and networking events. These programs are currently offered in Spanish and in English in four cities across Northern New Jersey: Jersey City, Newark, Union City and Orange Township. As of January, 839 entrepreneurs have graduated from the CBA and together, they operate over 355 businesses in New Jersey. RTC’s model of entrepreneurship development has received national recognition from President Obama and CNN Heroes.

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