Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with a startup in the Greater Newark area, or just need assistance in refining your pitch and gaining valuable insights from industry professionals? Look no further! The GNEC Main Street Pitch-Off is the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your business, enhance your pitching skills, and expand your network. With limited spots available, it’s time to seize this chance to make your mark in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

What’s at Stake?

The GNEC Main Street Pitch-Off is a platform designed to give motivated entrepreneurs an opportunity to fine-tune your business pitch and receive coaching. Only 15 lucky applicants will be selected and will be provided with invaluable guidance and mentorship throughout the process. The selected applicants will have the chance to network with professionals and gain exposure for their business.


Mark your calendar! The deadline for applications is September 8th, 2023. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive event that promises to unlock doors to success. The application process involves submitting a form that describes your business. The selection committee will review all entries thoroughly and select 15 applicants for the GNEC Main Street Pitch-Off. There will be a waitlist.

Preparation and Pitching:

Once selected, the 15 chosen applicants will have the opportunity to perfect their pitches with a panel of judges. The judge-entrepreneur relationship will not only strengthen your presentation skills but also allow you to gain insights into various aspects of running a successful business. You will be equipped with the confidence to deliver a compelling pitch that captures the attention of investors and industry experts. Each selected applicant must be available to pitch in person on Wednesday, October 25th, from 5:30-8:30 PM and join at least two virtual coaching sessions.

Meet Your Coaches:

GNEC is proud to announce the participation of two esteemed coaches: Victor Salama, Executive Director of the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC), and C.J. Meenan, Co-founder of XP Startup Labs. These experienced professionals possess a wealth of knowledge in the entrepreneurial sphere. With their guidance, you will refine your pitch, fine-tune your presentation skills, and learn the art of effectively engaging potential investors.

Building Networks:

In addition to the coaching and pitching aspect, the GNEC Main Street Pitch-Off provides an excellent platform to build relationships with other like-minded entrepreneurs, experts, and potential investors in the Newark area. The networking opportunities offered during the event can lead to valuable partnerships and collaborations that can significantly impact the growth of your growth.

If you are an ambitious entrepreneur in the Greater Newark area, the GNEC Main Street Pitch-Off is an unmissable opportunity. Take your startup to the next level by refining your pitch, attracting potential investors, and building valuable connections. 

Submit your application by September 8th 2023 to secure your chance of becoming one of the 15 selected candidates. With the guidance of expert judges and esteemed coaches Victor Salama and C.J. Meenan, you’ll gain the skills and connections needed to thrive in the competitive landscape of entrepreneurship. Remember, success favors those who seize the chance to shine. Good luck!

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Al Alvares, Program Director, at

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