About Austin Fast Start
For nearly a decade, the Austin Young Chamber has worked to create connections and foster the spirit of innovation within Austin. Last fall, we announced the Austin Fast Start pitch competition, a partnership with the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department and DivInc with support from 3 Day Startup and Insureon. Every quarter, we will hear from a new industry and award an unrestricted cash prize and other opportunities to identify and support future business leaders in our community.
Current Strategic Priority: Sustainable Business
A sustainable or “green” business is a business that operates in a way that protects the environment, enhances the community, and maintains a healthy workplace.
The Austin Fast Start Sustainable Business Pitch Event will be
Tuesday, September 25
Austin Central Library’s Special Events Center
Each Finalist will have five minutes to pitch the audience on the value of their product or service by either presenting a slide show presentation with no more than five slides or giving a live demonstration of the product. Five to eight minutes of questions and answers from the judges and audience will follow.
The winner of the Austin Fast Start will be chosen on pitch day by audience vote.
About the Austin Central Library
The Austin Central Library was recently awarded LEED® Platinum status under the international green building rating system. It is now the second Platinum certified public library in Texas. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED Platinum is the highest level of recognition awarded and indicates a score of 80 or better on the 110 point rating system.
The Central Library is the first City of Austin building to achieve the prestigious designation. Six commercial buildings in Austin have been awarded LEED Platinum. There are about 20 LEED Platinum certified libraries in the U.S.
Applications are now open for Sustainable Business
We encourage any Austin based startup to apply! Winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize plus $5,000 in prizes. Applications are free and open to the public. Apply here.
Applications for Sustainable Business will close on August 27.
Winners will receive an on the spot cash prize of $2,000 plus $5,000+ in additional in-kind prizes including:
- One Year Elite Membership to the Austin Young Chamber
- Three months free rent at Capital Factory
- Global Conference Roundup Ticket from 3 Day Startup
- LLC Formation from The Haney Law Firm
- Business Coaching Session from the Economic Growth Business Incubator
- One Un.Inc Life journal from Un.Inc
All applications will be scored by judges from across the community with diverse backgrounds and skills, as well as an industry expert. The top four scored applications will be selected as Finalists and invited to participate on pitch day, September 25.
Presentation and Winner
Each Finalist will have five minutes to pitch the audience on the value of their product or service by either presenting a slide show presentation with no more than five slides or giving a live demonstration of the product. Five to eight minutes of questions and answers from the judges and audience will follow. The winner of the Austin Fast Start will be chosen on pitch day by audience vote.
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