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PitchFest, Entrepreneur Day on tap to help those looking to launch businesses

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Two programs aimed at helping local entrepreneurs are being offered to those who need funding or are looking for support and networking opportunities.

San Diego’s inaugural Entrepreneur Day is planned for this Saturday in downtown's East Village, and the San Diego Venture Group is now accepting applications for a chance to land $35,000 in funding.

SDVG invites entrepreneurs to compete for the funding by applying to the annual PitchFest program.

Pitchfest applicants will have their business plans reviewed by judges comprised of a group of San Diego’s leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, professionals and investors.

“We usually receive about 100 applications,” said David Titus, SDVG president. “It’s competitive, but win or lose, we’ve heard that entrepreneurs found the process helpful in identifying their company’s competitive advantages.”

Applications can be submitted online at http://bit.ly/SDVG_PF2012.

Three finalists will be chosen by the judges based upon their innovation, investor appeal and progress. Each of the three semi-finalists will then present their business plan to the hundreds of audience members at the PitchFest 2012 event in December. Audience members then cast their votes to decide how much money each of the semi-finalists receives.

Entrepreneur Day

Mayor Jerry Sanders will recognize San Diego’s inaugural Entrepreneur Day on Sept. 22 through a proclamation presented by San Diego Small Business Ambassador Lisa Gordon-Hosch.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday on J Street between Sixth and 10th avenues in East Village.

Entrepreneur day is focused on creating a network of resources to promote entrepreneurship, networking and business growth for small business owners.

“This event provides attendees the opportunity to explore different types of businesses and concepts evolving in San Diego County, and potentially open the doors for collaboration, partnerships and job creation,” said Ray Hivoral, founder of San Diego Entrepreneur Day.

State Sen. Joel Anderson will be recognizing San Diego Entrepreneur Day 2012 by presenting a certificate on behalf of the California State Senate during the opening ceremonies. The event will announce winners of its “E-wards,” awards for entrepreneurship.

There also will be 30-minute workshops, time for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to potential venture capital investors, designated areas for different business sectors, clinics by exhibitors, a craft beer garden, battle of the bands, a fashion show, DJs and live artwork.

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