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2023 Quick Informal Excellent Pitch open for nominations


2023 Fast Casual Perfect Pitch open for nominationsZack Oats, founding father of The Excellent Pitch sponsor Ovation, Flake Pie Co. Founders Rick Timmons and Todd Smith, and Fastcasual.com editor Cherryh Cansler take the stage on the Excellent Pitch in 2022. Picture by Networld Media Group.

As a part of its dedication to spotlighting up-and-coming quick informal manufacturers, FastCasual is internet hosting its ninth annual Excellent Pitch contest Oct. 8 and is accepting nominations till June 30, mentioned FastCasual Editor Cherryh Cansler. (Nominate your model right here.)

“We’ll select 5 manufacturers to pitch their ideas to potential traders and franchisees throughout our annual Quick Informal Govt Summit, Oct. 9-10 in Charlotte. It is quite a bit like ‘Shark Tank’ however nicer. After listening to quick pitches from every model, attendees will vote for the winner, who receives bragging rights, a $3,500 money prize and one yr of free service from Ovation, a visitor suggestions platform,” mentioned Cansler.

A panel of advisers may also quiz every contestant in addition to supply recommendation.

For an opportunity to be one of many 5 finalists chosen to pitch their ideas, quick informal manufacturers should nominate themselves right here by June 30 and meet the next three pointers:

  • Have no less than one retailer open however not more than 10.
  • Should be a minimum of 6 months outdated and not more than 5 years outdated.
  • Share income and common gross sales information.

By Aug.15, FastCasual will notify the 5 finalists, who will obtain two free passes to attend this yr’s summit. Finalists should cowl their very own prices for journey and lodging.

“It is vital to us as publishers to assist the individuals from the industries we cowl to attach with each other,” mentioned Kathy Doyle, CEO of Networld Media Group, the mum or dad firm of FastCasual. “We strongly consider these attending the Excellent Pitch can have the primary probability to see and even put money into tomorrow’s quick informal leaders.”

Nominate your model right here.

Final yr’s Excellent Pitch winner was Flake Pie Co., and Wichita-based Chick N Max took high honors in 2021. Louisville, Kentucky-based Biscuit Stomach and Royals Scorching Hen gained in 2020 and 2019, respectively, and the 2018 winner was GoPoke, a Seattle-based quick informal serving Hawaiian poke and desserts. Avenue Shak Caribbean Kitchen of Toronto gained in 2017; Los Angeles-based Rockfire Grill gained in 2016, and the 2015 (inaugural) winner was Pincho, primarily based in Miami.

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