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2024 Main Street Pitch Competition

The Main Street Pitch Competition is a business pitch competition to help entrepreneurs grow so our local Renton downtown community can thrive. The competition includes 5 workshops leading up to a live pitch competition.  By attending these workshops, you will have the necessary skills to take those first critical steps in starting a successful business or expanding an existing one.

Key Dates

  • February 1, 2024: Registration Opens
  • March 19, 2024: Registration Closes
  • March 26, 2024: Workshop #1 – Competition Kickoff! Business Basics
  • April 9, 2024: Workshop #2 – Business Plan: Simplified
  • April 23, 2024: Workshop #3 – Small Business Finances
  • May, 7 2024: Workshop #4 – Marketing++
  • May 29, 2024: Workshop #5 – Pitch Practice (optional session exclusive to participants involved in the full pitch competition)
  • June 11, 2024: Live Pitch Finale at the Renton Civic Theatre

Note: All workshops will take place at the Renton Library located at 100 Mill Ave S, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Build the knowledge and confidence you need to start or grow your business. This challenge offers an ideal setting for hands-on application of practical business tools and the ability to clearly communicate the value of your product or service and the benefits your business offers.

Three finalists will be rewarded with diverse prizes, encompassing both monetary and in-kind benefits. Potential offerings include, but are not limited to, opportunities like discounted office/storefront space, website design and development, marketing plans, legal services, printing services, graphic design services, and more.

This competition invites individuals aged 18 and above with a Washington state business license* who aspire to establish a brick-and-mortar store in Downtown Renton.

To be eligible for rewards, contestants must attend the specified number of workshops for each category, fulfill and submit written assignments for each workshop by the specified deadline, whether or not attendance is obligatory, and present a pitch at the live finale.

*A Washington business license is not mandatory for workshop participation but will be required for competition entry.

Interested applicants can register online through March 19, 2024.

Not ready to pitch your business? The workshops are open to all!

By selecting the “Workshop Attendance and Observation” option at the top of the registration form, you are indicating your preference to take the classes only and not participate in the full pitch program.

Exclusive access to competition resources—including the mentor program, workshop materials, and prizes—is reserved for the selected 40 participants.

The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void in any jurisdiction where it is prohibited by law or regulation. Competition and Official Rules are subject to modification by Renton Downtown Partnership (RDP).

View the official Competition Rules & Regulations

Support the program as a sponsor!

Elevate local entrepreneurship! Be a program sponsor for the Main Street Pitch Competition. Contact Josh at [email protected] and position your brand as a catalyst for business success. Join us in shaping the future of our community!

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