Pitch Factory

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce sees another successful Pitch Factory program come to a close. 

The Pitch Factory 6-week entrepreneurship program came to an end with 14 participants choosing to “Pitch” their concept.  Scott Maynard, Director of Economic Development for the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce said, “This was a great cohort, and their ideas were amazing.  It was exciting to see how each participant developed their business concept over the six weeks and then experience the final pitch at the end.  I believe that many of these ideas and start-ups will grow into viable businesses soon and others that are already operating will continue to grow and expand.” 

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the JAX Chamber’s Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, offers the Pitch Factory course throughout the fiscal year to all St. Johns County residents at no cost.  We owe a special thanks to North Avenue Capital for sponsoring this year’s Pitch Factory and to The Link for hosting the program each week. 

The best endorsements came from the participants themselves. Benittia Reed, Owner of B Reed Coaching, said, “My Pitch Factory experience was the missing piece of my entrepreneurship journey! I am more confident in every aspect of my business and connected with networks in multiple industries.” Sol Felix, CEO of Enterprise Roofing echoed that saying, “The pitch factory helped me so much by understanding how important it is to be clear and direct with my message. I loved how comfortable I felt at the end of the program and sharing ideas each week with like-minded individuals. It was very inspiring, and I secured new business as well.” Finally, Maryam Khazraee, founder of RXPHARMACIST added, “The Pitch Factory is a fantastic opportunity for any startup in the Jacksonville area to practice, learn, and collaborate with other business owners. Being in a safe environment to practice and a community of support was very helpful.”

Originally inspired by the JAX Bridges program (www.jaxbridges.com), the Pitch Factory entrepreneurial education course seeks to help St. Johns County entrepreneurs elevate their businesses through an intensive training program designed to assist with developing and refining the entrepreneur’s value proposition. Entrepreneurial education modules focus on the value proposition, business model, capability statement, and honing the pitch.  Class discussion topics include understanding basic financial concepts, crafting a business model, marketing, and the various types of pitches.