2014 Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition: Meet the Finalists

Entrepreneurs nationwide in the food, beverage, and craft brewing industries have been perfecting their two minute business pitches as part of our Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition. This national contest offers small business owners the chance to win a $10,000 grant, extended coaching and mentorship from members of our team, and an opportunity to pitch their product to key retailers and buyers.

We’ve hosted four regional “Pitch Room” competitions this year in Chicago, Denver, Boston, and New York City. We’ve heard from a total of 23 small business owners who had just two minutes to pitch their products to a panel of expert judges ranging from members of the Sam Adams team (including Jim Koch), retailers, buyers, and business experts. Following the pitch, the small business owners were offered valuable feedback putting them one step closer to perfecting their sales pitch. When a small business is starting out, sometimes all they have is their pitch or their story, so improving this pitch goes a long way to enhance one’s selling abilities at the offset.

As a new element of the competition, we partnered with Entrepreneur magazine to host a “Wild Card” Competition, giving small business owners across the country that couldn’t attend a regional competition the chance to submit their best pitch by uploading a two minute pitch video online. Once we narrowed that pool down to X finalists, our drinkers helped us choose who would be moving on to the Pitch Room Finals (more on that below).

This year we have nine finalists who will be participating in the Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Finals in New York City on December 4th!

Meet the finalists:

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Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Competition: Congratulations to our Winners!

We traveled across the country meeting amazing small business owners in the food and beverage industry as part of our Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Pitch Room Contest.

Entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry nationwide perfected their two minute pitch to over 25 expert judges. The yearlong competition culminated in our Finals at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery on December 9th. Finalists from the San Francisco, Denver, New York, and Boston areas competed for the chance to be awarded a $10,000 grant and extended coaching and mentorship from Samuel Adams employees.

Congratulations to our overall winners, Daniel and Rebecca Dengrove, owners of New York based Brewla Bars. Daniel and Rebecca impressed the judges with their unique spin on the classic popsicle with all natural and fresh brewed ingredients.

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We also launched a People’s Choice Contest on Facebook prior to the final Pitch Competition. The finalists competed to promote their business to their social media networks to achieve the most votes and likes.

Catherine Oddenino and Ruthie Vishlitzky, owners of New York based Luca & Bosco tapped into their extensive networks to take the first win as the People’s Choice Award Winners.

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Give us your Best Pitch!

Are you a small business owner in the food or beverage industry with a passion for your product? Stay tuned to see where our competition is headed in 2014 and show the judges what you’ve got!