ArtWorks Announces Mentor Teams for “Big Pitch” Contest

Eight local businesses which were selected as finalists for the ArtWorks “Big Pitch” presented by U.S. Bank, a mentorship program and pitch competition designed for creative businesses, have been matched with a U.S. Bank small business specialist along with local business mentor.

The finalists and their mentors include: 

Authentic Cutz, Cincinnati, combining a world-class grooming service with the opportunity to participate in a unique cultural experience including hair-art, dynamic conversation and entrepreneurship, is matched with Michael Howard, U.S. Bank and Rachel Roberts, The Yoga Bars

Brookes and Hyde, Cincinnati, an accessory brand crafting fine leather goods, is matched with Allison Pape, U.S. Bank and Django Kroner, The Canopy Crew

CG Ceramics, Bellevue, KY, creating wheel-thrown pottery that uses clean lines and stands out through its simplicity, is matched with Kaylyn Gast, U.S. Bank and Steve Doehler, University of Cincinnati

Circus Mojo, Ludlow, KY, training circus performers from around the world, is matched with Vance Marshall, U.S. Bank and Mike Zorn, Macy’s.

Handzy Shop + Studio, Covington, KY, graphic design producing stationery/greeting card lines, is matched with Keith Jackson, U.S. Bank and Emily Merkle, Blue & Co. LLC.

Ohio Valley Beard Supply, Cincinnati, making products for beard maintenance including moisturizer, finishing balms, mustache wax, washes and conditioners, is matched with Reuben Johnson, U.S. Bank and Matt Madison, Madisono's Gelato & Sorbet.

Untold Content, Taylor Mill, KY, a writing consultancy group offering support in communications and storytelling to clients across government, health care and scientific and tech industries, is matched with Robert Sparks, U.S. Bank and Jim Stahly,  SCORE Cincinnati.

Waterfields, Cincinnati, hydroponically growing premium microgreens and specialty produce, is matched with Victor Hernandez, U.S. Bank and Paul Picton, Maverick Chocolate.

Over 10 weeks, each finalist will receive mentorship and coaching as well as pitch help and business planning assistance. The program will culminate in a public pitch event September 28 at Memorial Hall, in which the finalists will compete for a $15,000 business grant and a $5,000 Audience Choice grant, sponsored by U.S. Bank.

ArtWorks Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank, is offered through the ArtWorks Creative Enterprise division, which trains and promotes creative entrepreneurs through education, access to capital and community connections, and mentorship for established creative businesses. Since 2011, ArtWorks Creative Enterprise has supported more than 300 creative entrepreneurs through CO.STARTERS and The Big Pitch.