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Describe the product or service to be sold by the enterprise and the problem that it solves. What value does your product or service bring to your target customers?
Tell us in detail who are your ideal customers, and why will they buy from you? Are these customers here in our area? What do you know about your potential market size? Describe your marketing and sales strategy for acquiring and retaining customers.
What are the current and anticipated solutions to the problem, i.e., the competitive businesses, products or services? Why is your business better than the competition, and why will it have a sustainable competitive advantage? Are there any significant barriers to entry?
How will the enterprise generate revenue? What are your major start up and ongoing expenses? . What are your revenue and profit expectations? How long will it take before you expect to be profitable?
Describe briefly the role of current participants and give their relevant background to their ongoing involvement in the proposed enterprise. Can you fund employees and if not, how will you build this business yourself?
Describe any funding received to date, the dollar amount, use of the funds, and the source. How will you use the $5,000 if you are the Pitch Ypsi Winner?
What is the status of the development of your enterprise? What are the near term activities and key milestones that are required for the development of the enterprise? Who are your key stakeholder? What limiting factors or key barriers does your business have to overcome to get started or grow?
Describe positive social or environmental impact your enterprise creates.
Describe how your enterprise will benefit the 48197/48198 zip codes, i.e. Eastern Washtenaw County, including any anticipated job creation.


Stage: Applicants can be in any stage of business, including the idea stage. 

Location: Businesses must be located in Eastern Washtenaw County, or you must be willing and able to demonstrate that your business will move to Eastern Washtenaw County within 1 year of winning the competition.

Age: Applicants must be age 15 or older.

Void Where Prohibited or Restricted By Law: All federal, state and local regulations apply to the Contest. The Contest is void in any Country, or Federal or State jurisdiction where it is prohibited by law or regulation. 

Sponsor/Eligibility: The Contest is sponsored by PITCH YPSI. The Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia, and who are residing therein, and who are 15 years of age or older as of the time of entry.

Contest and Official Rules Subject to Modification by PITCH YPSI: The Contest and these Official Rules are subject to modification, cancellation, or limitation at PITCH YPSI's sole discretion, with or without notice, including to persons who have already entered the Contest. All changes or modification of the Contest or these Official Rules will be posted on the Eventbrite page for the public pitch. 

General Conditions of Participation in This Contest: Except where prohibited by law, all entries that are selected as one of the five finalists permit PITCH YPSI and its affiliates to use, without notice or further compensation, worldwide and in perpetuity in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, such winner’s name, likeness, pictures, photographs, voice, biographical information, and statements for purposes of advertising, trade, promotion, and publicity. Once submitted, all information on submission forms, not just those of the finalists, become the property of PITCH YPSI and will not be returned. 

Disqualification: PITCH YPSI reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it (or its authorized designee hosting the Website) finds to be: (i) tampering with the entry process or otherwise tampering with the operation of the Contest, the Website, or any web page or web banner ad related to the Contest; (ii) acting in violation of the Official Rules; (iii) acting in a non-sportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, harass, harm, mislead, or defraud any other individual or entity; or (iv) otherwise in violation of law as solely determined by PITCH YPSI. Any person attempting to defraud PITCH YPSI or the other contestants or in any way tamper with the Contest will be ineligible to compete in the Contest or win a prize and PITCH YPSI may seek any and all remedies available to it, including, if appropriate, filing complaints with legal authorities. 

Website or Contest Corruption: If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned or if in the sole discretion of PITCH YPSI, the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this contest is corrupted or adversely affected, PITCH YPSI reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. 

Limitation of Liability: PITCH YPSI is not responsible or liable for entries that are illegible, late, forged, destroyed, lost, misplaced, stolen, misdirected, tampered with, incomplete, deleted, damaged, garbled, altered, or otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, whether caused by PITCH YPSI, the entrant, or anyone else. 

Entrants’ Own Work: Your submission must be entirely your (or in the case of a team entry, your team’s) own original creation and must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any rights of third parties, including, but not limited to, such violations as infringement of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary or property right, libel, defamation, violation of rights of privacy, publicity, personality or celebrity, or any contract right, or any other right of any individual, corporation or entity. Entrants must obtain all necessary permissions, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including but not limited to all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in a video submission), necessary to use the submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast worldwide, by any means. Any and all such permission, licenses, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be provided to PITCH YPSI upon its request. PITCH YPSI shall not be responsible to a third-party for any entrant’s failure to comply with this provision, and each entrant agrees to indemnify PITCH YPSI for any such claim.

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