Tequila And Chicago Ideas Accepting “Elevator Pitches” To Get Your Big Idea Funded

During Chicago Ideas Week, Entrepreneurs Will Have a 40-Floor Elevator Ride to Convince Judges Their Business Idea is “A Shot Worth Taking”

Hornitos® Tequila, a premium tequila brand that believes nothing great happens without taking a chance, today announced a collaboration with Chicago Ideas, a non-profit platform for thinkers and innovators to share ideas, to give entrepreneurs a shot at turning their aspirations into reality.  As part of 2019 Chicago Ideas Week, the ‘A Shot Worth Taking’ Elevator Pitch Contest and event will give entrepreneurs, change makers and shot takers age 21 years and older the chance to share their business ideas in an actual elevator pitch for the opportunity to win one of two $10,000 grants from Hornitos Tequila. The event will take place Wednesday, Oct. 164-6 p.m. at 190 South LaSalle.

Judged by a panel of three industry leaders, this interactive, multi-tiered contest is designed to reward those individuals who know, like Hornitos Tequila does, that it takes getting out of your comfort zone to progress – and that the next big break in your career could be only one brief conversation away!

“Hornitos Tequila believes in taking a chance to better yourself, your community or your industry, and few organizations embody that mindset more than Chicago Ideas,” said Rashidi Hodari, VP Marketing for Hornitos Tequila. “By partnering with idea experts, we’re excited to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for those looking to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life.”

During the Elevator Pitch event on October 16, contest semi-finalists will pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges – but they must be quick, as they only have the duration of a 40-floor elevator ride to share why their idea is a shot worth taking and worthy of a $10,000 grant. A group of five selected finalists will advance to pitch their ideas to a live audience during a networking event on the 40th floor, before two ultimate shot-takers are announced.  Hornitos Tequila cocktails, appetizers and inspiring conversation will be served.

To Enter the Contest:
Those ready to take a chance – and an elevator ride! – must submit a 300-word description of their business idea, along with their full name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number(s) and date of birth to elevatorpitch@coynepr.com now through Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Entries will be judged based on entrepreneurial spirit, originality and idea viability. Selected semi-finalists that qualify for the in-person, October 16th pitch round will be given plenty of time to prepare their pitch.  Please note entrants must be present and agree to take part in the semi-finalist and finalist rounds to participate in the contest.

To Attend the Hornitos® Tequila “A Shot Worth Taking” Elevator Pitch Event:
Hornitos and Chicago Ideas invite supporters, shot-takers and big thinkers who are 21 years and older to attend this Elevator Pitch event to get inspired by the bold ideas of fellow Chicago community members. For a $15 ticket donation to Chicago Ideas, guests in attendance will enjoy Hornitos Tequila cocktails, hear from Elevator Pitch finalists live and have a chance to cast their final votes alongside the judging panel to help select the two entrepreneurs who will talk away with $10,000 grants. Tickets can purchased through Chicago Ideas Week at https://www.chicagoideas.com/events/lab-a-shot-worth-taking-elevator-pitch-with-hornitos-tequila.

For more information about Hornitos Tequila and its shot-taking spirit, visit www.HornitosTequila.com, like us on www.facebook.com/HornitosTequila or follow us @HornitosTequila on Twitter and Instagram.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) and 21 years of age or older to participate in the Contest. Void where prohibited. Subject to complete official rules, available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/chicago_ideas_production/assets/Hornitos+Elevator+Pitch+Contest+Rules+9.17.19.pdf. Contest starts September 18, 2019 at 9:00:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (“CST”). All email entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST on October 4, 2019.  ENTRANTS MUST BE PRESENT AND AGREE TO TAKE PART IN THE SEMI-FINALIST AND FINALIST ROUNDS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST.

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