Access to capital has long been recognized as a major challenge for startups and growing small businesses. In rural America, a lack of capital has been identified as one of the main reasons for the decline in startup rates over the past several years.
Numerous pitch programs exist, but nearly all are urban-based, technology-focused, and concentrate on startups expected to generate big ROIs by going public or selling to another company with deep pockets. Many also have a win-lose, “Shark Tank” mindset, with little support, guidance, or coaching for pitch participants.
The Hannah Grimes Center launched PitchFork in 2016. We have developed a detailed guide on how to run the program and offer it here for FREE to any community interested in using this framework to create their own local event.
Come learn more about our guide and how you can run PitchFork in your own communtiy.