It is an entertaining business model that has drawn many admirers – a panel of business experts who listen to pitches from budding entrepreneurs, invest in projects and offer marketing tips.
Case in point, the popular Shark Tank reality TV program on ABC that has attracted an increasing number of viewers since it premiered in August 2009.
Following that model, organizers at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) at the Flagstaff campus on Gemini Drive initiated the Pioneer Pitch competition last year, with a return engagement this year.
Hosted by the Moonshot at NACET program, the pitch is a contest for innovators with ideas in need of support, as well as business professionals wanting to expand an existing idea.
“Last year’s event was a huge success,” said Scott Hathcock, CEO and president of Moonshot at NACET. “We had roughly 25 companies apply and extended 18 entries through to the first round. Then, we determined that five companies made it to the final pitch event.” ....
The concept of a launchpad for a moonshot took hold of the nation’s consciousness in 1961 when PresidentJohn F. Kennedy declared that the United States would focus its energy on sending American astronauts into space with the goal of successfully landing on the moon.
Flagstaff played an important role in launching this dream, serving as a training ground for astronauts, including all the astronauts who landed on the moon who trained from 1963 to 1972 in Northern Arizona.
Continuing in that tradition, the non-profit organization Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology became a launchpad for small businesses and startups 17 years ago from its base on McMillan Mesa.
The NACET program houses a business incubator and an accelerator in its state-of-the-art facility, which consists of 38,000 square feet with wet labs, suites, offices and manufacturing space.
Moonshot at NACET designed a program for growing business profitability through “scaling,” the development of more products and services or the expansion of market position....
AZ Daily Sun: Moonshot at NACET set to host 2nd Pioneer Pitch contest -- RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 3-5, 2019
For the second straight year, Moonshot at Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) will host a competition for innovators with ideas in need of support and businesses wanting to expand an existing idea.
The Pioneer Pitch event, set for MAY 3-5, is similar to ABC's Shark Tank. Workshops will be held at NACET's campus on Gemini Drive with the final competition at Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill. Potential contestants must submit an online application and post a two minute video about their product or service on YouTube by Feb. 18. Entrants will be competing for more than $15,000 in cash, scholarships and Amazon Web Services credits, as well as the chance to become an affiliate of Moonshot at NACET for a year....
Program Trains Veterans in Growing Non-Destructive Testing Sector
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- War2In, an innovative training program that certifies veterans and others in the lucrative field of non-destructive testing (NDT), is relocating from the Moonshot at NACET business accelerator to its own, larger facility in nearby Bellemont.
War2In – the name is a shortening of "Warrior To Inspector" – was the first Moonshot client to occupy the accelerator at NACET when it opened in October 2015.
"In about three years, we outgrew our space in the accelerator," said Kenny Greene, War2In's founder and one of its two instructors. "It's perfect evidence of how well NACET is working; it's a good program and a good process."......
December 28, 2018 - Symple Surgical, Inc. is graduating from the Moonshot at NACET entrepreneurial program and relocating to Flagstaff Airport Airpark. The medical device company, which has been a client of both the city’s business incubator and accelerator programs since 2015, will quadruple the size of its office and manufacturing space, from 1,800 to 7,200 square feet.
“Not only are we graduating, but we are graduating with honors,” said Daniel J. Kasprzyk, president and CEO of Symple Surgical, Inc., (SSI) and Poba Medical. Poba Medical was founded in 2016 as a second company to supply SSI’s need for catheter devices and intricate balloon assemblies.
“We have created a business idea in under two years, proven the business model, grown strategically and now will scale to meet the overwhelming global demand for our products and services,” he added.....