Pitch to Win

See which small business won $100,000.

Meet the Winners

What You Could Win

Your small business is your pride and joy. It's your baby. But how do you help it grow? Enter the Pitch to Win contest, brought to you by Nationwide® and BlueVine®, and watch your small business take big steps. Apply today and you could be among the finalists to pitch their amazing business to an executive panel of judges. You could win:

First Place


$100,000 1st place

$ 20,000 2nd place

$ 10,000 3rd place

air plane


An all-expenses-paid trip to Ohio

for you and a guest to pitch your business

before an executive panel of judges

1:1 consultation


A sit–down with experienced

business consultants to help answer

your most pressing questions

No one knows your business and what it stands for better than you. We can't wait to hear your story. Apply now for free by answering just a few questions through our secure application form.

How It Works

The Pitch to Win contest will take place between National Small Business Week in May and Small Business Saturday in November.

Entry period

Round 1: Business owners enter the contest

The Pitch to Win contest will accept applications online from May 3 to June 30, 2019.


Round 2: Semifinalists submit a video pitch

In August, we will announce the semifinalists and ask them to submit additional information and a short video pitch.


Round 3: Finalists pitch live at Nationwide's headquarters

In September, we will announce the finalists, who will pitch their business in October before an executive panel of judges.

An executive panel of judges will review all applications based on the contest rules and these three main judging criteria:

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

Why We're Partnering

Getting access to financing is critical for small businesses to succeed. That's why Nationwide® and BlueVine® are partnering on Pitch to Win to help your small business take big steps.

About Nationwide

Nationwide is #1 in Customer Satisfaction with Small Commercial Insurance1 , and serves over 1 million small businesses like yours across the nation.

Visit Nationwide's Business Solutions Center for help starting, growing or running your business.

About BlueVine

BlueVine offers fast and simple access to online financing for small and medium-sized businesses and has provided access to nearly $2 billion in financing to small businesses across the nation2. Founded in 2013, the company offers lines of credit, term loans and invoice factoring.

Visit BlueVine for fast and flexible business financing.

Business Solutions Center

Contact Us

If you have a question that is not answered by the Official Contest Rules or Frequently Asked Questions, please contact pitchtowin@sbresources.com

Member of the media?

For media inquiries, call Graham Shippy at 614-249-0682 or email SHIPPG1@nationwide.com.