The 2023 Gig East Summit is taking place in Historic Downtown Wilson on June 8th from 9:15 – 3:30 PM.  This event exists to bring together local entrepreneurs, business owners, community partners, and industry thought leaders from Wilson and the Triangle to focus on how advancements in technology and innovation can transform our community. This year, the RAP XIV Pitch Competition will take place during the Summit at the Wilson Arts Center from 11 AM – 1 PM.  Participants from the RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP) will showcase their startup ideas and compete for the top spot. Mark your calendars and get ready for a day of entrepreneurial inspiration and community support!

The RAP Pitch Competition brings together talented individuals who have been part of the RAP XIV Wilson cohort. These entrepreneurs have been working diligently at the Gig East Exchange, a hub for innovation and collaboration, for the past 12 weeks. During this time, they have been refining their business strategies, fine-tuning their pitches, and receiving valuable guidance from mentors and industry experts.

The excitement begins with the selected RAP Wilson cohort startups taking center stage to present their company pitches to the judges. Each startup will have the opportunity to share their vision, unique value proposition, and the impact they aim to make in their respective industries. Whether it’s optimizing the coffee brewing experience, providing complete nutrition alternatives for moms, revolutionizing agricultural practices, transforming the used vehicle market, or enhancing sports training, these startups are bound to impress you with their innovative ideas.

After the pitches, a panel of esteemed judges will provide valuable feedback and evaluate the startups based on their presentations, viability, and potential for success. The judges for this year’s competition include Keith Daniel from Resilient Ventures, Eva Doss from The Launch Place, and Bea Ethridge from Carter Bank & Trust. Their insights and expertise will play a crucial role in determining the winner. To conclude the eventful day, the judges’ comments will be tallied, and the winner will be announced.

If you’re eager to be part of this inspiring event, make sure to register for FREE to secure your spot. The Gig East Summit offers a platform for entrepreneurs, aspiring business leaders, and innovation enthusiasts to connect, learn, and contribute to the thriving startup ecosystem. It’s an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, gain valuable insights, and witness the birth of groundbreaking ideas.

Don’t miss out on the 2023 Gig East Summit and RAP XIV Pitch Competition. Join us in Historic Downtown Wilson and be a part of the journey as these startups aim to make a lasting impact. Register now to reserve your place and prepare for a day filled with entrepreneurial energy and innovation.

Register for FREE to save your spot: Gig East Summit 2023 Registration