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The Pitch! Business Competition

3rd Annual Business Expo

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 12
South Mountain Community Library

Join business leaders, entrepreneurs and community organizations for a day of engaging activities and networking at the 3rd Annual hive Business Expo, then stay for the debut of The Pitch! business competition.

  • Meet more than 25 local businesses that have completed the four-week Business Roadmap Program and will be sharing their products and services for the first time.
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities with local business owners, key Phoenix-area business leaders and organizations that serve the start-up community.
  • Sample fare from some of the newest local “foodie” establishments.

Supported by Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

The Pitch! Business Competition

12:30 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 12
South Mountain Community Library

The Phoenix Public Library's hive @ central Entrepreneurial Resource Center is proud to announce the 1st annual debut of The Pitch! at hive @ central business competition. The event is catered directly to all graduates of the Business Roadmap Program and MAPA Para Su Negocio programs, an 8-workshop series which develops and trains entrepreneurs on how to launch their business ideas. 
All graduates were given a chance to compete in a closed Preliminary Pitch event on July 15, 2017. At this event, the top 10 ventures were announced and will move on to the final pitch competition. The public is invited to watch as the top 10 present their final pitch. Three finalists will be announced and win, collectively $5,000 towards their business ventures, courtesy of our sponsor Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

Keynote Speaker

Agustin "Augie" Gastelum

Born in Obregon Sonora, Mexico, Agustin "Augie" Gastelum and his family moved to Mesa, Arizona when he was five. As a twenty-year old, Augie started his first business, importing hand carved stone from Mexico for high-end custom homes. His success in business segued into greater community involvement and he began to serve on the board of directors for multiple non-profit organizations & city wide advisory boards. Augie’s exceptional work as a marketing consultant for municipalities and non-profits did not go unnoticed. In 2015, Augie was hired as the executive director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO). NEDCO is a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to catalyzing re-investment in local economies through its work with entrepreneurs and small businesses in low and moderate income areas. Augie continues to work with NEDCO and currently operates his own community and economic development consultant firm, Patchwork Community Inclusion.

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