Small Business Development Center announces Moonshot competition

4th annual AZ Pioneer Pitch statewide tour

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GRAHAM COUNTY – Do you have a “moonshot” idea or an existing business you’d like to expand? Even just a product or business idea you’ve scribbled down on a napkin?  

If you answered yes, join us for Graham/Greenlee AZ Pioneer Pitch, a competition for entrepreneurs (aka, a showcase like you see on ABC’s Shark Tank) to be held at EAC. There will be a reception Thursday, June 22, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., and the competition will be held Friday, June 23, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  

Participation in this event is free.

  • You’ll be competing to win cash prizes, scholarships, and more!
  • In addition, you’ll get feedback from top industry experts and exposure for your business or product.
  • You’ll meet other risk-taking entrepreneurs in your area.

1st place prize:


6 months free business internet service through Valley Telecom

3-Day QuickBooks Online course through EAC SBDC

2nd place prize:


3rd place prize:


Also, the first-place winner of the Rim Country Pioneer Pitch Competition will go on to compete in our state-wide finals competition for a $10,000 cash prize. The event, which also honors successful Moonshot entrepreneurs, will be held in Flagstaff in July 2023.

How to apply

To apply, candidates must submit an online application. Applicants will need to explain their start-up idea, what they feel their unique selling proposition is, and why their product is better than what is already on the market.

Please note:   Registered Graham/Greenlee Pioneer Pitch participants attend free workshops for assistance in preparing and perfecting their five-minute pitch presentation that will be delivered at the Moonshot Pioneer Pitch on June 23.

Workshops will be held on June 14 and June 21 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on EAC Campus in the Academic Programs Building, Room #111. Participants may come to one or both workshops. The more prepared you are, the better your chances!

After applying for the pitch competition, please go to this link to register.