-Competition Will Award $40,000 in Prize Money-
CLEVELAND, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) has announced the top 12 finalists in their second annual Business Pitch Competition. The Competition is similar to the concept of the popular ABC reality TV show, Shark Tank. Eventually, the top four business ideas will split $40,000 in prize money.
The top 12 finalists will now be part of a "Pitch Day" event where they will they will make their pitch to a panel of judges, with the top four people moving on to the final judging phase.
The final phase of the Competition will feature Priceline.com founder and CEO Jeff Hoffman as one of the judges. It will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Allen Theatre at Playhouse Square in Downtown Cleveland.
The interest in the Competition has been outstanding as more than 80 people submitted an entry, which consisted of a two-page executive summary of their business idea and a two-minute video.
Here is the list of the top 12 finalists:
Ron Balog Bryant Hardy
ODIS CollegeSkinny, LLC
Maria Barile Scott Himmel
Nail Creations, Appealing While Healing™ Lunch Owl
Joanne Baron Andrew Spriegel
JAZD-CAP, The Right Light ANOVA INNOVATIONS, LLC – STUK STIK
Sam Bigham Mike Stanek
TidyCup Cleveland Cycle Tours
Derrick Cruzado Kevin Suttman
CorrecX Micro-Distillery Flavor Infusions
Thomas Fox Niki Zmij
Bad Racket Amplified Wind Solutions
For more information on the Competition, go to www.cose.org/pitch. If you have questions, please contact Megan Kim at (216) 592-2356.About COSE
COSE is one of Ohio's largest small business support organizations, striving to help small businesses grow and maintain their independence. Comprised of more than 14,000 member companies, COSE has a long history of fighting for the rights of all small business owners through group purchasing programs for health care, workers' compensation, or energy, advocating for specific changes in legislation or regulation to benefit small business, or providing a forum and resource for small businesses to connect with and learn from each other. (www.cose.org)
SOURCE Council of Smaller Enterprises