Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is Pitch to Win?
A small-business contest that delivers big rewards.
+ What can you win?
Business owners that apply online, follow the Official Rules and best meet our judging criteria could win up to $100,000 in prize money, an all-expenses-paid trip to Ohio for you to pitch your business before an executive panel of judges, and a sit-down with experienced business consultants, who will help answer your most pressing questions about marketing, growing and running your company.
+ How does it work?

Business owners must apply online between May 3 and June 30, 2019, at www.pitchtowinbig.com. An executive panel of judges will review and assess all applications based on the Official Rules and these three main judging criteria:

  1. Your business (20% weight): Which business owner best meets a real need in the marketplace through a unique product(s) and/or service?
  2. Your story (20% weight): Which business owner has best communicated their story regarding why they decided to start their business?
  3. Your pitch (60% weight): Which business owner has the most compelling concept for how they would use $100,000 to take their company to the next level?

Up to 100 semifinalists will be chosen and informed of their advancement on or about August 5, 2019 via email by Nationwide and BlueVine leaders based on the Judging Criteria from all the entrants that enter the Contest. They will advance to a second round, where they will be asked to submit additional information and a short video pitch. Up to 10 finalists will be chosen and informed of their advancement on or about September 3, 2019 via email and a letter by Nationwide and BlueVine leaders based on the Judging Criteria. The finalists will pitch their business on or about October 3, 2019 in person before an executive panel of judges at Nationwide’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

+ Who can apply?

The Pitch to Win contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, except where prohibited, who:

  1. are 18 years of age or have reached the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence at the time of entry, whichever is greater;
  2. are legally able to work in the United States;
  3. are able to provide reasonable proof of being an owner or affiliate of a legally operating small business that is not a franchise and has under 500 employees
  4. are not a current employee of Nationwide or BlueVine;
  5. are not an authorized Nationwide reseller or Nationwide investment or BlueVine partner;
  6. own a business that is currently active, lawful, and has all necessary and required licenses and registrations and must remain so through the end of the Contest;
  7. own a business whose primary purpose is not in competition with Nationwide or BlueVine; and who
  8. own a business that is not under bankruptcy protection or has judicial liens or attachments.
See the Official Rules for additional details.
+ When will I know if I advance?
Semifinalists will be chosen and informed of their advancement via email on or about August 5, 2019 by Nationwide and BlueVine leaders based on the Judging Criteria from all the entrants that enter the contest.
+ Where will the Pitch to Win event be held?
The Pitch to Win event for the finalists will be held at Nationwide's headquarters: One Nationwide Plaza, Columbus, OH 43215.
+ Why are you doing this?
Access to capital is critical for small-business owners. That's why Nationwide is partnering with BlueVine® to help your small business take big steps.