A little history about the AZ Pioneer Pitch Tour, hosted by Moonshot AZ...
In 2018, Moonshot CEO Scott Hathcock created a Shark Tank-like business pitch event in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event was such a hit that Moonshot—a 23-year-old Arizona-based nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs and economic development groups—went to on the road to economic development leaders in rural communities, like Verde Valley and Winslow, AZ, and partnered with city officials to set up tour spots in those areas as well.
Business pitch events are plentiful in major cities within Arizona, but not in rural areas. We are proud to help our rural partners create entrepreneurial ecosystems in their respective towns and cities.
Over the years, the tour has grown substantially and now boasts 10 Pioneer Pitch event stops in 2023.
It has been a pleasure to work alongside Moonshot in support of area entrepreneurs and businesses. They have a large network of professionals, coaches, and mentors which compliments and expands the work of the Yavapai College SBDC. We have greater impact on our local economies because of this partnership."
Ruth Ellen Elinski, Center Director, Yavapai College SBDC
The Globe, AZ Pioneer Pitch was an amazing experience for my SBDC clients. Every person walked away learning something new about their business and themselves. Connections were made, new confidence was found and business have grown because of Moonshot. This is a wonderful event and we feel so lucky to be a stop on the tour."
Sarah Alexander, Business Analyst, Gila Pueblo Community College SBDC
WHAT'S IN IT FOR AZ CITIES & ENTREPRENEURS?
What's in it for economic development leaders in each tour stop?
What's in it for the folks who apply to participate in a tour stop event?
As a Pioneer Pitch Tour Participant...
Learn more by click on the tour stop closest to where you currently reside. We hope to see you on the tour!
A FEW WORDS FROM ENTREPRENEURS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE AZ PIONEER PITCH TOUR
ABOVE: A few words from 2021 Verde Valley Pioneer Pitch Winners
NOTE: Our first Pioneer Pitch event in Flagstaff was called "SHARKS IN SPACE" in honor of Flagstaff's history as a leader in space exploration and training. The United States Geological Society trained all of the Apollo astronauts.
Moonshot is an Arizona-based, 22 year-old 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to help subject matter experts bring products and services to market and help cities develop entrepreneurial eco-systems that create jobs. We believe that the best products aren’t dreamed up by the business class but rather the scientists, engineers, technologists, designers, and dreamers who bear the type of innovation that truly changes the world. And we believe that we can't all be astronauts, but we can all be moonshot-thinking pioneers. moonshotaz.com