Moonshot Pioneer Pitch Quad Cities Workshop 1

Topic: Start-up Assistance

Come show us what you’ve got, Quad Cities, Arizona! Do you have a “moonshot” idea or an existing business you’d like to expand? Or even just a product or business idea you’ve scribbled down on a napkin? ​

If you answered YES, please join us for Quad Cities AZ Pioneer Pitch competition for entrepreneurs (aka, a showcase like you see on ABC’s Shark Tank)! Participants will be competing for CASH PRIZES and scholarships. In addition, you’ll get feedback from top industry experts and exposure for your business or product.

To compete in the Quad Cities AZ Pioneer Pitch, participants are required to attend three of the four start-up and pitch education workshops led by Ruth Ellen Elinski and her team at the Small Business Development Center. Workshops will run from 5 – 7 p.m. on February 1st, February 8th, February 15th, and February 22nd, 2023 in Building 3, Room 119 on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus.

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 Workshop 1 – An Introduction to Moonshot and A Deep Dive into Your Business Plan This workshop will give you an introduction to the Moonshot Pioneer Pitch Competition, what to expect, and how to put your best foot forward. We will also introduce you to LivePlan, a helpful online business planning tool, the fee for which is provided by the SBDC. Through LivePlan, we will help you create a vision for your business, help prioritize the tasks that you need to complete, set strategic goals, and set you on a path to success with your one-page business plan (your pitch). This workshop will focus on how to articulate your business goals, and most importantly, how to achieve them.

Hands-on Topics:

  • Description of Company
  • Vision/Mission/Goals
  • Opportunity/Competitive Advantage
  • Market Competition
  • Products and Services Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 Workshop 2 – Creating a Marketing Plan, Delegating Responsibilities, and Identifying Risks This workshop will explore the marketing opportunities specific to your business, how to leverage your product or service and identify your target markets. We will also explore the internal guts of your business, who is involved, how and when tasks will be implemented, and by who. This is the time to look at any risks or challenges you may have and how to address those. We will ask you to think of Plan B and C and even D to prepare for unanticipated roadblocks and what are the best strategies to maneuver around them.

Hands-On Topics:

  • Marketing Plan
  • Operations
  • Management and Ownership
  • Schedule of Implementation
  • Critical Risks and Challenges

Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

Week 3 – Financial Projections and Financing This workshop will walk you through the financial portion of your plan. How much money will you need to get your business off the ground? You will learn how to create financial statements and how to make projections on future growth. We will also share key tips and tools on creative ways to leverage start-up dollars, opportunities to save, and best practices for financial stability.

Hands-on Topics:

  • Funding Requirements/Use of Funds
  • Owner Investment/Collateral
  • Financial Statements
  • Financial Projections

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

Week 4 – Your Pitch This final workshop will focus primarily on your final solid pitch and creating a pitch (slide) deck. We will help you in aggregating the most compelling pieces of your plan and how you will execute it. We will give you the opportunity to practice your pitch and receive feedback from the SBDC team as well as some of your peers. We will assist you in creating a clear, concise message that will help you articulate to the judges and to potential investors why your business is sure to be a success.

Hands-on Topics:

  • Review Final Draft of your Business Plan
  • Condense and aggregate the business plan into a clear concise message
  • Create a 3-5 slide pitch deck and practice your pitch
  • Ask final questions


Speaker(s): Ruth Ellen Elinski, Center Director, SBDC

Co-Sponsor(s): Moonshot at NACET, APS, LivePlan by Palo Alto Software, Arizona Commerce Authority

Fee: No Cost

Hourly Schedule

New Day


Feb 01 2023


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm



More Info

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Yavapai College Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Room 3-119
Yavapai College Prescott Campus, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Room 3-119
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