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Cities Can Pitch Too

Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, & anyone in their elevator. In 2015, the City of Austin decided to turn the tables with the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition, a social innovation program to help turn materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into raw materials for social enterprise. Come learn how pitching to entrepreneurs can replace traditional approaches to problem-solving in local government.

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  1. How can cities harness the power of entrepreneurs to solve urban challenges?
  2. How did an Austin, TX prize challenge bring together non-profits, higher ed, the private sector, and the public sector to find ways to reuse waste?
  3. How can cities effectively get involved in the ideation phase of the business cycle?



Natalie Betts , Program Manager, City of Austin

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