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Third Annual Cleveland Colectivo Pitch 4 Change

Third Annual Cleveland Colectivo Pitch 4 Change

Do you have an innovative idea to make Cleveland even better than it already is? Do you need a small grant to make it happen? Cleveland Colectivo invites you to share it with them on May 1, 2014, at their fast pitch presentation event for chances to receive grants ranging from $500 to $5,000, with an average grant size about $1,500. 

Everyone is welcome to attend but please follow the instructions below in order to be one of the 30 "pitching" companies that night: 

Here is what you need to do to become a presenter:

Please note that the process to present at the Pitch 4 Change has been slightly modified this year.

All interested applicants must pre-register online with your name and your project name in order to be considered to be presenter at the event. Registration will begin on Wednesday, April 16, between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. At that time, please visit for the link to the registration form. On the registration form, you will be asked to provide your project name and a three sentence project summary. Based on this summary, thirty registrants will be chosen by member of the Cleveland Colectivo to present their project for a chance to be awarded funding. All registrants will be notified via email whether or not you are chosen to present by Wednesday, April 23.

Only the 30 applicants competitively selected by the Cleveland Colectivo will have an opportunity to present at the Pitch 4 Change.

Each presenter will be assigned a number and must present in that order – number one will be our first presentation and number 30 our last.

Each selected presenter will have two minutes to pitch their project idea to the crowd. A timekeeper will stop you at the two minute time limit. You can use that time as you like, but we recommend including the following information:

A one sentence “elevator speech” about your project, plan or idea that includes: who will do what, when they will do it, where, and how. Why are you doing it? Explain what the need or opportunity is, what you and other people involved bring to the table, and how this project will create “real, lasting change” in the community. Projects must be based in Cleveland or the inner-ring suburbs.The full amount requested and whether your project will work with partial funding. Cleveland Colectivo grants range from $500 to $5,000, with an average grant size about $1,500. Please keep in mind that projects selected for funding, may receive partial funding.

We encourage you to be creative in your presentation, but audio-visual equipment will not be available or permitted as part of your presentation.

The audience will vote that night for one winner, who will receive the donations collected that night. The top three crowd favorites will automatically be invited to join round two which includes a written application and a Q&A session with Colectivo members.

Members of the Cleveland Colectivo will select additional projects to participate in round two from the remaining presenters. Projects that are invited to submit an application will have one month to complete a full application and participate in the Q&A session.

Funding for grant recipients will be distributed by mid-June of 2014. Please ensure your project idea works with this timeline.

Questions? Concerns? Email[masked] for more information.

We encourage you to invite friends and supporters to attend the event, which is open to the public.

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