Entrepreneurs with ideas, inquire within

Dayton-area entrepreneurs, this is your time to shine.

The Entrepreneurs Center and its partners are looking for entrepreneurs and small businesses from an eight-county area to pitch their business ideas in a series of events dubbed “#PitchIn.”

The first event will be 5:30 p.m. June 3 in Dayton’s Oregon District, at Wiley’s Comedy Club, 101 Pine St.

“People living, working, or connected to the Oregon District are invited to apply for the pitch event to share their business or social entrepreneurship idea before a panel of judges for the chance to win competitive prize,” the Entrepreneurs Center announced in a release Tuesday. “#PitchIn attendees can donate to a pool of money and vote on the winner that takes home a second, community-selected prize.”

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“We want to showcase the Oregon District’s innovators and makers,” Carolyn DesJardin, executive director of the Oregon District Business Association, said in the center’s statement. “The Oregon District is a vibrant area and a great fit for the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses.”

Businesses from other neighborhoods and cities are invited to attend as well, as this event will be the first in the series, the center said.

The June 3 event will also be part of Techstars Startup Week Dayton calendar of events.

“Our hope is that the momentum of Startup Week will help draw attention to some of the entrepreneurial activity happening in the neighborhoods too,” said John Owen of Wright State Research Institute, co-organizer of Startup Week.

“It used to be that entrepreneurs had to come to us to get the help the needed,” said Scott Koorndyk, president of The Entrepreneurs Center. “But that leaves too many people with great ideas on the sidelines, not knowing about the services we offer. This way, we’re coming to the neighborhoods to see what they’ve got, how we can partner and broaden the support for entrepreneurs, no matter where they are.”

People interested in applying should contact Bonnie Kling at bkling@tecdayton.com.

Companies interested in sponsoring the event should contact Carolyn DesJardin at carolyn@theoregondistrict.org.

Companies interested in sponsoring the #PitchIn series of events should contact Kim Frazier at kfrazier@tecdayton.com.

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