The RISE Fast Pitch Competition and Happy Hour Event is an opportunity for 10 entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges- and an audience of their RISE peers. Join us for a happy hour drinks, appetizers and the opportunity to vote on your favorite presentation.

In addition to a $500 prize, the Fast Pitch winner will receive a six hour Message Workshop from Austin's public relations leader Hahn, Texas valued at $4500. The Message Workshop helps entrepreneurs get to the root of their desired “known fors," connect them to their entire brand and is facilitated by Jeff Hahn, Principal and owner of Hahn, Texas.

Interested Applicants:
The RISE Fast Pitch provides early stage entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their business to a panel of VC and Angel judges and a wide array of conference attendees. All participants will receive valuable, interactive feedback and potential interest from industry leaders and professional investors. Early stage businesses of all types should enter. Companies will be judged as "entrepreneurial ventures".

How to participate
• Register for the RISE Fast Pitch Competition at and contact the Fast Pitch Director Hall Martin with any questions.
• Fast Pitch Submission: Due February 12th
• Please submit with a $25 application fee via by contacting
• Pre-Presentation Notification: February 15th
• The Fast Pitch Committee will screen and select the top 10 candidates to present live on stage at the Fast Pitch event.
• Live Presentation: March 3rd, 6pm, location TBD.
• All ten teams will receive 60 seconds to pitch their business idea.

Each team will present for 60 seconds with 2 minutes of Q&A from the Judges. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to vote on 1 crowd favorite. One Grand Prize winner will be selected with input from the audience. The winner of Fast Pitch Competition will be announced that evening and will receive the recognition on stage. The winner will receive a prize of $500 cash.