2019 Breaking Barriers Pitch Competition

I Heart Halal is excited to partner with The IQ Loft to host a Shark Tank-style startup pitch competition during the festival!

There are many creative people, young and old, that do not have the support to act on great business ideas, whether it be for profit or non-profit ventures. This is why The IQ Loft has made it a part of their mission to provide resources for startups in our community to succeed, beginning with this pitch competition.

OBJECTIVE: If you have a business idea but don’t know where to begin, this is your calling. Your idea can be something innovative, something new, or something that simply addresses a problem that people or communities are struggling with today. We are asking you to come forward and take advantage of this opportunity to convert your creative ideas into actions. Our team of experts will guide you through the process from beginning to end, and will coach you for the pitch competition if you make it to the final round.

AWARD: The winner will be awarded seed money of $5000, minimum, in addition to a package of complimentary advisory services to create business models, business plans, and more (valued at over $2,500)!  Winner(s) will be subject to additional screening and review before the funds are issued.

NEXT STEPS: CLICK HERE to submit an application, and we will get in touch with you about further details and instructions. Be prepared to submit a summary about your startup within one week of the registration deadline. Deadline to register for the competition is 02/28/2019.

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