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Cox Business Recruits Entrepreneurs for Pitch Competition

Written By: Cam Johnson


July 26, 2017


Cox Business Recruits Entrepreneurs for Pitch Competition

Local entrepreneurs and small business owners can win $20,000 prize package, build their network at Cox’s Get Started Gainesville

Gainesville, FL – Cox Business is seeking local entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners interested in pitching their business plan or idea for a chance to walk away with more than $20,000 in cash and prizes including Cox Business services at Get Started Gainesville. This is the largest prize package Cox Business has offered to date in the Central Florida competition.

As part of the ongoing Get Started business series, local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges consisting of successful entrepreneurs and distinguished experts like Susan Davenport of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce and Alan Chatman of TV20. All contestants and event attendees will receive valuable advice from the judges after each pitch, along with promotion at the event.

“Get Started offers entrepreneurs the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with potential investors, successful business leaders and other Get Started competitors and winners,” said Harbin Bolton, vice president of Cox Business in Florida and Georgia. “The pitches take place in front of a live audience, providing entrepreneurs additional exposure for their business idea.  It really is a great experience for everyone involved.”

Local entrepreneurs interested in competing can enter at  where they must provide a 250-word description of the idea or business plan to be pitched. Applications will close at 5:00pm EST Friday, September 8, 2017.  Entrants will be notified by Friday, September 15, 2017 if they have been selected as a finalist. The five finalists will receive coaching sessions from the Florida Small Business Development Center in advance of the competition to prepare.

Those interested in attending should register at to secure your free admission to Get Started Gainesville, a Gainesville Entrepreneur Month event.  Get Started will be held at the Florida Museum of Natural History from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

In 2016, Get Started held more than 18 pitch events across the country and awarded more than $250,000 in cash and prizes to local entrepreneurs. For more information on Cox Business, please visit


About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at and



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