BizPitch looking for inspired entrepreneurs

The Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF) is still looking for entrepreneurs to participate in its remaining 2016 BizPitch events.

BizPitch is a FREE program where entrepreneurs present their ideas in a relaxed setting to a panel of local business experts while getting objective and constructive feedback. Funded through a Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) grant, BizPitch events take place across SMIF’s 20-county region.

Interested in pitching?

Each entrepreneur or small business owner participant will explain his or her business idea in a 5-minute informal presentation, followed by 20-30 minutes of feedback/Q&A with the panelists. Not only is the objective feedback incredibly valuable, the networking opportunities are tremendous. In addition, selected participants will have an opportunity to partake in the BizPitch finals, where the winner will automatically qualify for the MN Cup semi-finals – a premier resource for Minnesota entrepreneurs and the largest statewide startup competition in the country. Find out more about MN Cup at

Interested in being a panelist?

If you are an experienced local business person looking to give back to the community, BizPitch is for you.  Being a panelist, you will help small businesses expand and grow with your knowledge and expertise. We are looking specifically for bankers, accountants, marketing professionals, manufacturing specialists, digital and social media experts and other experienced community leaders or entrepreneurs. Please contact us to get involved!

Just want to attend?

As a local business owner, employee, student or prospective entrepreneur the networking opportunities at BizPitch are incredible. Join us to market yourself, meet community leaders and learn from both our panelist and presenters.


Event dates for 2016:

February 4 – Owatonna (SMIF Office)

February 18 – Albert Lea (Location TBD)

March 1 – Fairmont (Presentation College)

March 17 – Rochester (Location TBD)

March 31 – Mankato (Country Inn & Suites)


All events run from 3-5 p.m and are open to the public. The final BizPitch event will be held in Mankato on April 14.  Find out more and sign up to pitch or be part of our panel at:

Grace Webb

Grace Webb

A former Editor of Connect Business Magazine

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