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Downtown Event Organizers Need Public Support at Pitch Competition January 14

Release Date: January 6, 2020

Media Contact: Karli McElroy
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: (507) 216-9882



Downtown Event Organizers Need Public Support at Pitch Competition January 14

ROCHESTER, Minn.—The public is invited to attend the free Start-Up Event Grant Pitch Night January 14 and help determine which grant applicant’s downtown event will be funded.

Up to $3,000 in grant funding is available through the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Start-Up Event Grant. Applicants will present their ideas in a Shark Tank-style pitch competition to a panel of judges consisting of Naura Anderson of Threshold Arts/Castle Community, Chris Fierst of Bar Buffalo/The Half Barrel, and William Forsman of Café Steam.

The public will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite idea to receive an additional $500 grant. 

A limited number of free tickets are available for the Pitch Night here

The Start-Up Event Grant is open to new one-time events or event series or existing successful events in need of support. For organizers applying for funds to support existing events, the Start-Up Event Grand funding must be used to support a new component of the event and/or marketing of that new feature. Applicants—individuals, businesses, community groups, or organizations—can receive funding up to $3,000, which must be matched through financial or in-kind contributions. 

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About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.