LaunchPad Incubation at The University of Toledo is Calling All Entrepreneurs for a “Shark Tank-Style” Business Pitch Competition on October 9th

Toledo, OH - September 3, 2014 Northwest Ohio’s largest entrepreneurial business pitch competition, “Pitch & Pour” will be taking place Thursday, October 9th, 2014 on the University of Toledo campus. Area entrepreneurs, start up ventures, and student teams are encouraged to enter with applications being accepted through Friday, September 19th.

"Having a venue for area entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas to business leaders and investors who can help them move their vision forward is a priceless opportunity," states Molly Reams Thompson, Director of LaunchPad Incubation at the University of Toledo and the event sponsor. "The judges and investor attendees come to this event looking for up-and-coming ventures to connect with. It has been an instrumental boost to a number of our past competitors."

Pitch and Pour is a shark-tank style competition. Teams have five minutes and five slides to pitch their business concepts. Any technology-based startup can apply and selected teams will be able to pitch their submitted ideas for a chance to win cash and prizes. The five world-class business judges will determine the winner.

In addition to the competition, Pitch & Pour is a powerful networking event for connecting start-up companies, University of Toledo student entrepreneurs, the world-class judges, and area businesses and investors. "We're inviting the business and investor community to join us too for music, great food, local micro-brewed beverages, and the opportunity to mix with budding young business talent while enjoying the engaging and entertaining shark tank-style competition," continued Thompson. "It's a true celebration of the innovative spirit that’s being created at the University of Toledo and in the community. I believe we’ve created a high energy environment conducive for business and investors to connect with fresh ideas and bright people."

The third Pitch & Pour event will be held at the Tom and Elizabeth Brady Innovation Center, located inside the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex at the University of Toledo with beverages and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 5:30 pm. Selected proposals will begin presentations around 6:30pm. Admission is free, however, LaunchPad Incubation is requesting attendees pre-register online.

"We sponsor this event because we are committed to business development in the Northwest Ohio region," concluded Thompson. "The event also gives us the opportunity to recruit entrepreneurs with business concepts in the early stage, or pre-market entry stage that the LaunchPad Incubator can support through funding guidance, business mentoring, and collaboration with our many resources."

Entrepreneurs may now apply online for the chance to pitch their business at the third Pitch and Pour competition at The website ( provides details about the event, information on how to apply, and results from the previous Pitch & Pour event. Application deadline is Friday, September 19, 2014. For more information contact Molly Reams Thompson at 419.530.6044 or [email protected] .

The University of Toledo LaunchPad Incubation Program works to bolster innovation in Northwest Ohio by providing access to capital, resources, and expertise focused on enhancing community collaboration and communication for entrepreneurial development.


About LaunchPad Incubation

The LaunchPad Incubation (LPI) at the University of Toledo is Northwest Ohio's premier business start-up and entrepreneurial assistance program for early stage technology-based companies. LPI provides intensive business assistance, state-of-the-art facilities, access to capital and other valuable resources. The program is focused on taking business ventures from concept to commercialization and providing a framework for companies to become thriving, self-sustaining members of the community. LaunchPad Incubation is funded by the University of Toledo and the Ohio Third Frontier program. Please visit for more information.

Thanks for your interest in Pitch & Pour 2014. The deadline to apply has now passed, so we are no longer accepting applications. Please join us at the event on October 9th 5:30-8:30pm.

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