The Swim With the Sharks Pitch Competition is open to for-profit businesses within the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce traditional service areas that has been in business fewer than five (5) years. This area includes all three (3) Delaware counties, (New Castle, Kent, and Sussex). Entrants MUST have a valid business license at the time of submission.
All applicants must submit an application form plus a business outline of no more than five (5) pages including a cover page (single-sided, Calibri 12 pt, single-spaced, PDF format) that includes the following information:
Submissions will be judged by a panel of judges with a range of business expertise. Initial submissions will be judged on the following criteria, each of which will carry 20 points for a total maximum total score of 100:
All eligible submissions will be invited to present a five (5) minute pitch in front of a panel of judges. Judges will have the opportunity to ask questions. Three finalists will be selected based on a combined score of the written and oral presentations.
The three finalists will be invited to present a five (5) minute pitch to a panel of judges. The winner will be selected based on a combined judge/audience vote.
Application opens: June 1, 2021.
Deadline for submissions: Friday, August 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Eligible submissions invited to present pitch before a panel between August 16-27, 2021
Finalists announced: September 1, 2021
Selected finalist filming in early to mid-September
Winner announced: November 3, 2021
Please note, applicants unable to present their pitch to a panel of judges during the semi-final and final round listed above should not apply. Final pitches will be filmed between September 6 and October 20, applicants must be available to present their pitches during that window of time.
Instructions for what is required in your business outline are listed above under "Instructions for Submission" section. You will not be able to save your application as you go or edit it once submitted.
The Emerging Enterprise Center reserves the right to verify all eligibility requirements and will, at its sole discretion, disqualify any entry it deems to be offensive or otherwise inappropriate, or not in keeping with the Emerging Enterprise Center’s image, or that is otherwise not in compliance with the terms of these competition rules.