2nd Annual Business Pitch Competition

Awards include more than $5,000 in cash plus startup assistance services.

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  • Entrepreneurs that are just getting started and have a great idea.
  • Business may be food based, manufacturing, service, retail or otherwise.
  • In business for two years or less with a total annual revenue under $250,000.
  • Must be an existing or proposed Fairfield based business.

How to Enter:

  • Submit your business plan information to Fairfield Economic Development Association on Gust.com. https://gust.com/organizations/fairfield-economic-development-association
  • Submission must include all required fields including financial projections, business plan and target market. Including optional fields suggested but not necessary.
  • Submissions are only viewable by the judge’s panel, though contestants are invited to create a public Gust profile so that potential investors can contact contestants.

Judging Criteria:

  • Business’s potential community impact (50% weight)
  • Entrepreneur’s preparedness to move business forward (25% weight)
  • Presentation quality (25% weight)


  • Submit everything via Gust.com by the application deadline: August 20th 2016.
  • The judging panel of experienced Fairfield entrepreneurs and businessmen will review submissions and select 3-4 finalists to participate in the formal pitch contest by August 27th.
  • If selected, contestants will be asked to present a 5-10 minute pitch to the judges, investors and audience Sept 1st between 3-5:30pm at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
  • The winner(s) will be announced on the FairFest main stage.

Award Package:

  • $5,000 in cash towards project. Judges reserve right to split prize in the case of a split decision.
  • 3 hours of accounting services from CPA Tom Thompson.
  • An hour of legal assistance from Attorney Brandon Nelson.
  • 3 month new membership package to the Fairfield CoLab.

Questions can be directed to Fairfield Economic Development Association