Justin Baggot of Jockbrokers Wins $10,000 at the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Event
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – (May 29, 2013) – Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., the leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for businesses, today announced the winner of its Growing Chicago: $10K Business Plan Pitch Contest created for Illinois Entrepreneurs seeking to grow or start their business. The winning entry received a $10,000 check from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. at the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Event held in Chicago last Wednesday, May 22nd.
To enter the contest, contestants were required to create a video outlining what accessing capital could do for their business. Videos were hosted and voted on at www.AccesstoCapital.com/GrowingChicago. Online voting concluded on May 17th, 2013, with the top five finalists who received the most votes continuing on to present their video and business plan at the Access to Capital: Money to Mainstreet Event.
Attendants of the event voted on site after the following contestants presented their 90 second live pitch on stage. Justin Baggot of Jockbrokers ultimately received the most attendee votes and was presented with the $10,000 check awarded by Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The top five businesses who presented at the event also received Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.’s Small Business Starter product. The top five entrants included:
- Kris Schoenerger of BBQ’d Productions
- Justin Baggot of Jockbrokers
- Sean Riley of Dude Products
- Marvin White of iVisumé
- Travis Austin of Eviary
“Our Access to Capital events are about recognizing the spirit of entrepreneurship and enabling small business growth,” said Jeff Stibel, Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. “Congratulations to our winner and to all our finalists. Their passionate pitches demonstrated what it takes to articulate value for funding decision makers—in this case the crowd. We wish them all the best on the growth of their companies.”
In conjunction with the contest, all top five entries were eligible but not required to be featured on Seed Chicago’s Kickstarter page to launch their own crowdfunding campaign following the contest. Seed Chicago was developed by World Business Chicago as an initiative of Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs by way of assessing and expanding Chicago’s economy through curating local crowdfunding campaigns via the Kickstarter platform. Seed Chicago’s page can be found at www.kickstarter.com/seedchicago.
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