Baton Rouge Entrepreneur Week Pitch Night Finalists Announced

Baton Rouge, La.—November 14, 2014— Four startups – Bottoms Up, Commit Change, MasteryPrep and Spotter’s Fast-Fit-Food – have been chosen to compete in Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW) Pitch Night. Representatives from these four companies will have the opportunity to take the stage and pitch their innovative idea to a panel of judges on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Manship Theatre.

Meet the Finalists:

Bottoms Up is a mobile application and web-based social networking platform that connects bars and restaurants to their patrons. Social bar hoppers and value-seeking foodies alike can access information about local bars and restaurants from the app – including specials and event calendars, exclusive deals and a nearby taxi search.

CommitChange provides nonprofits with a full suite of integrated fundraising tools that can be managed from a single platform. CommitChange subscribers can significantly reduce the time spent on performing menial tasks and training required to operate more complex and costly systems. The platform gives nonprofits an unprecedented level of understanding about their supporters, and offers all of these services at a price, its creators say, every nonprofit in America can afford.

The fastest growing ACT prep company in the country, MasteryPrep creates and markets a suite of products and services to help public high schools increase their students’ ACT scores. These include workbooks, professional development for teachers, testing and analysis services, and a cross-platform interactive application that includes videos, review questions and games. MasteryPrep is currently used in more than 400 schools in the country and hopes to expand this in the coming years.

Spotter’s Fast-Fit-Food is a healthy quick service restaurant with three locations in South Louisiana and plans to open a fourth location in Downtown Baton Rouge in November 2014.  Its mission is to provide readily available yet healthy food options at a comparable price in an on-the-go world. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner food options, as well as smoothies and nutritional supplements, Spotter’s strives to become a household name for health-conscious families.

“We’re thrilled at the local response we’ve seen for BREW Pitch Night,” said committee member, Taylor Bennett. “We have a great group of finalists and I’m looking forward to hearing their pitches.”

In addition to pitching for the grand prize which includes up to $1 million in financial support if the company passes due diligence from title sponsor United Networks of America, finalists will also have the opportunity to impress the audience; and one company will be named “Crowd Favorite,” taking home a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by MESH Integrated Marketing and Advertising and Ogwyn Bonaventure Attorneys at Law. A Quick Pitch Lightning Round will also take place, allowing non-finalist companies to compete for a $500 cash prize, provided by Chase Bank.

BREW 2014 is a week-long series of events to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the Baton Rouge Area.  Entrepreneurs in the region and state are encouraged to come together to work, learn, play, teach, and show off.

For more information about BREW Pitch Night or for any other inquiries, please contact David Ogwyn at (225) 302-7188 or visit www.brewpitchnight.com. 


Brew Pitch Night Winner has a chance to Receive Funding up to $1 Million

Baton Rouge, La.— BREW Pitch Night offers select companies the opportunity to pitch innovative ideas to a panel of experts and will take place Wednesday Nov. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Those interested in participating can apply to pitch at www.brewpitchnight.com.

Pulling inspiration from the popular ABC television show Shark Tank, Pitch Night allows companies several minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. Once the winner is selected, United Networks of America (UNA)  Chairman of the Board, Ryan “Jume” Jumonville, and UNA CEO J. Brian Oliver, will determine the amount of funding that will made into the company of up to $1 million. 

In addition, the winning company will gain a strategic partner in United Networks of America. This includes access to support systems that are in place that include; IT, website development, graphic design, marketing, logistics, business strategy and accounting, among others. UNA can also provide synergies and opportunities with its client base. UNA has clients in all 50 States and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico.  UNA is the largest provider of value added affinity products and services in the nation.

The exclusive judge’s panel will include distinguished local and national business experts, angel investors, and venture capitalists, including local Ken Jacob, president and CEO of Cajun Industries; Kendall Almerico, renowned sports agent, attorney and serial entrepreneur; David Hall, director of Revolution Ventures; Michael Trafton, owner of Blue Fish Development Group; J. Brian Oliver, CEO of United Networks of America. The judges will also have the option to invest in the competing companies.

Pitch night is hosted by a committee of 4 business members of the Baton Rouge community – Taylor Bennett of MESH Integrated Marketing and Advertising, David Ogwyn of Ogwyn Bonaventure Attorneys at Law, Stephen Loy of Louisiana Tech Park and Jared Loftus of Tiger District

BREW 2014 is a week-long series of events sponsored by BRAC to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the Baton Rouge Area. Entrepreneurs throughout the region and state are encouraged to come together to work, learn, play, teach and show off. Registration is now open. 

For more information about BREW Pitch Night or for any other inquiries, please contact David Ogwyn at (225) 302-7188.