My experience with The Start Something Challenge
Wow! I haven't written a blog post in forever! Truth be told I don't always like writing...
I wanted to share my feelings on my experience with the Rising Tide Capital's START SOMETHING CHALLENGE that I participated in July. The Start Something Challenge is a state-wide business pitch competition for New Jersey entrepreneurs, the Challenge encourages small-business owners to expand their market through social-media, network with fellow entrepreneurs, and craft the perfect elevator pitch. Entrants compete for cash awards, technology in the form of iPads, and expert feedback from small business professionals. The grand prize is a $10,000 business grant.
Overall I enjoyed the experience. It really just enhanced the tools I was already using, ie social media and video marketing. The area in which I really had to stretch was being persistent with reaching out to people to help me. To my surprise, everyone was super supportive. Including complete strangers!
I was completely occupied with making sure I was sharing my video and posts and messaging people. I pushed and pushed, felt like I was harassing people! lol But you know, it all worked out!
So, of 109 contestant entries, I made the top 30 semi-finalists list and then the top 10 finalists! For sure you know I was working to winning the top prize of $10,000. I felt that I had a good chance. My service/product is excellent, I am passionate about what I do. Just making it to the level I did was proof enough.
I definitely had some challenges during the contest. I dropped my phone and cracked the screen in the middle of the week where I had to get people to vote on the Start Something Challenge website. I was mid-text and BOOM! my phone was a goner!
I literally cried. For 2 days, I couldn't use my phone to remind people and ask people to vote. Luckily for me, I had a die hard squad posting and sharing for me when I was away from my computer! And I was able to use my Hootsuite to schedule my posts.
So for the finale, I was to present in front of judges and a live audience my informational business pitch. I had 5 minutes to communicate 7 points of information. I think I did ok!
I practiced and practiced. I was proud of my little speech! lol I felt like I did well.
Now here at the end of it all, I am proud of myself for trying and I would definitely try again next year... I got really far my first time around, I feel confident to try again.
Thanks to everyone who helped me and encouraged me along the way. I appreciate it