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Pitches and Pints event to showcase and celebrate the local entrepreneurial community.

Hannah Swayze • Updated Apr 11, 2018 at 9:24 PM

Startup Tri-Cities will be hosting their annual event — Pitches and Pints — where entrepreneurs in the area compete by pitching their business ideas in front a panel in friendly competition to celebrate the local entrepreneurial community.

The event will take place Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at VEUNUE in Suite 200 of the King's Centre at 300 E. Main St..

What is Pitches and Pints?

According to David Nelson of Start-up Tri-Cities, Pitches and Pints is a networking event where local entrepreneurs and business owners give presentations in front a panel of judges. The event is similar to the hit show "Shark Tank."

"It's like the friendlier version of 'Shark Tank,'" Nelson said.

One by one, those who have applied to pitch their ideas, will stand up and give presentation about the their startup or business idea. Unlike the show, the presentations are not for thousands of dollars and the support investors, but to win some cash prizes.

Nelson says the panel of judges is made up of representative from the city of Johnson City, some are entrepreneurs themselves or business owners who support entrepreneurs.

"At the end of the day it's more about gaining exposure, getting feedback, and gaining traction in the community and gaining the support of the attendees as well as other entrepreneurs in the region," he said.

What is the "pints" part?

One of the sponsors of the event is a local brewery, Great Oak Brewing, who will be pouring free beer for attendees over 21 during the event. Nelson said there will also be free food along with this opportunity to try a local brewery's offerings.

"Craft beer is just a great way to bring people together," Nelson said.

Why are they doing this?

Nelson said the event is really all about building up the community of entrepreneurs in the region.

"It's fun way to pull people together and really showcase and celebrate entrepreneurship in our region," he said.

Who can come?

The event is free and open to everyone.

Anyone who plans on attending can RSVP at http://startuptri.com, but can still come at the last minute.

"It’s for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, community members, anyone who just likes watching and kind of seeing what innovation is coming out of the region."

The organizer of Pitches sand Pints is a local non-profit called Startup Tri-Cities that is dedicated to building the entrepreneurial community in the region. To RSVP for the event or learn more about Startup Tri-Cities, visit startuptri.com.

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