Native “Shark Tank”-style pitch assembly held by small enterprise homeowners | WDVM25 & DCW50

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 / 11:28 PM EST
Updated: February 26, 2021 / 11:29 PM EST

WINCHESTER, VA. (WDVM) – Three people had the opportunity to attend a “Shark Tank” -style event to win prizes on Friday.

“Pitch Night 2021” is the creation of two small business owners – Crystel Smith and Alex Skinner – who wanted to encourage young business people, especially after all the adversity of the pandemic.

“Pitch Night was my chance to give them the opportunity to be around people who believed in them, create a little confidence in themselves, and be around business professionals to offer this business advice, right? And to give them the resources to raise capital to grow their business, ”said Smith.

Before the event began, the finalists were trained by Skinner, the owner of InnoVault in Winchester, where Pitch Night 2021 was taking place.

“He gave some really good tips on how to pitch in general. And especially how to summarize a lot of information in 10 minutes, ”said Dustyn Vallies, a finalist who served.LocalFood network“A company focused on connecting farmers with truck drivers and moving local food.

Finalist awards included $ 1,000 for growing their business, one to two months of personal coaching from Smith, a copy of Smith’s book, Business 101, and months of use of the InnoVault space. Only three finalists were selected from a pool of people who applied to participate.

“I was really excited – and actually surprised – that I was selected just because I had never done anything like this before,” said Paulius Mui, finalist and co-founder of “Table rounds“A word association game that focuses on improving people’s understanding of medical terminology. “And so my team and I decided to apply and then we heard back that I could do the pitch.”

In the end, Kelly Botta won the event for her company “SMARTYPANTS MEDICINE“That was created to transform primary health care – for people with or without health insurance – to make it more affordable and accessible.

“I am very surprised. I am really relieved. I was very nervous. It’s a whole different and new idea so I was excited but nervous. I’m glad I decided to do it and I’m very grateful, ”said Botta.

And the pitch nights are not over yet. Smith has already planned the second part of the pitch night, which is scheduled for May 28, 2021. And prices will stay the same, according to Smith.

“This is your opportunity to share your idea with a panel of experts, a community of people who believe in you and investors who want to invest,” said Smith.

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