Tuesday July 9th Dream Big America aired the first-ever live national entrepreneurial pitch competition. The show has three start-up founders pitch their product or service (a.k.a elevator speech), for two minutes. Following each competitors elevator speech, three accredited business mentors give feedback and their thoughts. Then the show needs the listeners help in voting for their favorite founder and company. At www.dreambigamerica.us listeners can hear the recording of the elevators pitches and vote. Voting opens at 10 a.m ET following the show and will be open for 24 hours.
The radio show is hosted by Doug Stephan on his Good Day Program. The show is aired live for 30 minutes (9:10a.m- 9:40a.m ET). According to the Good Day Program website the show reaches 485 markets and has over 3.5 million listeners.
Dream Big America is pushing the entrepreneurial movement onto a new radio platform, to continue to grow the entrepreneurial movement that is spreading across the nation. Dream Big America and its partners strive to educate and support start-ups, and allowing America to decide what new businesses they want to see in the market.
The show Dream Big America is made possible by two remarkable entrepreneurial organizations that make it their mission to grow the community through their philanthropy. Kansas City based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and San Diego based Nutritional Capital Network are consistently commended by their communities for the support and direction they provide.
Participants are picked at Ewing Marion Kaufman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups programs. “1 Million Cups programs offer two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. The best entrepreneurial presenters will appear on Dream Big America.”
“We are excited to partner with Dream Big America. The show will provide a unique platform for exposure and support for our entrepreneurs,” said Nate Olson, a Kauffman Foundation associate who leads the 1 Million Cups program. “1 Million Cups will serve as the feeding mechanism for this show, and each of our sites across the country will have an opportunity to showcase the amazing startups from their communities.”
“The Nutrition Capital Network evaluates over 300 emerging companies a year in the health and nutrition space, selecting fewer than 20 percent to present their ideas to the organization’s investor and entrepreneur members. Those that present are provided support and access to investors. The best of the presenting companies are selected to appear on the Dream Big America Show.”
Silicon Prairie News has coverage of Dream Big America week one results. The winner myEDmatch, was featured in Kansas City Public Television’s The Local Show in May. Click here to see the video of the founders of myEDmatch.