Sam Adams is hosting a national Pitch Room Competition for entrepreneurs who have an idea for a food/beverage/beer related business. The prize is a $10,000 grant and a year’s free coaching. Sam Adams is one helluva business success – in 2013 their “1,122 employees sold 3.4 million barrels of beer in all 50 states and about 30 countries” (that’s a direct quotation from their 2013 annual statement) and is growing at a very healthy rate in a highly competitive market. I’d guess that getting that coaching would be very very very worthwhile.
So, I’m thrilled they found me. That didn’t stop me from checking the full email header and a couple of other tricks to make sure this was genuine. It does seem to be.
Still, I don’t put much time-sensitive info up on this site. However:
- Mr. Kassin and Sam Adams want the signal boosted or they wouldn’t have sent it to me.
- I admire Jim Koch for his business savvy and his beercraft. I enjoyed meeting him last year. He clearly loves what he does, and we love him for it.
- Michael Kassin has a damn fine resume, as you’d expect from anyone working at a national level with Sam Adams, and he’s worked on a couple of nearly philanthropic projects I like the sound of.
By now they’re champing at the bit for me to get on with the part they want advertised, so here it is, copied directly from my inbox:
For one week only, food, beverage and beer entrepreneurs have a chance to be the Wild Card Winner of the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition.
In addition to four regional Pitch Room winners from Boston, Chicago, Denver and New York, the national Wild Card Winner will compete for a chance to win a $10,000 grant and a year’s free coaching from Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream to help them grow their food, beverage or beer business.
The best part? The Wild Card winner can come from anywhere in the country.
Here’s how it works:
• Wild Card hopefuls will prepare a 2-minute video stating why their business should be the national winner. Then they’ll upload their video to Entrepreneur Magazine’s site at http://entm.ag/SamAdamsPitch. Entrepreneur Magazine has partnered with Brewing the American Dream for the Wild Card competition and is hosting the virtual component.
•Entrepreneur and Sam Adams will select several finalists, whose videos will be placed on Entrepreneur’s website. Then the public will have a chance to vote. The Wild Card entry with the most votes heads to New York for the Pitch Room National Finals.
At a time when many startups are still struggling for cash, the Wild Card gives food and beverage entrepreneurs – anywhere in the country – a chance for $10,000 and vitally needed coaching.
It would be great if you can post something; the entrepreneurs who read you will thank you for it. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions. Thanks!
This is me again. There was no phone number included, but you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the number for a firm called MK&A in New York City. There was an email address – email@example.com. Note that if this is good for one week, I received it on Wednesday 11/05.