The Midwest Digital Marketing Conference returns to St. Louis this year with a startup pitch competition awarding a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Purina and UMSL Accelerate. Nick Szabo, Chief Operating Officer of Swizzle, designed this competition to be different than all the ones he competed in over the years.
Only five companies are pitching in the competition, and they’re not pitching to investors, but rather potential customers. The competitors also receive special access to conference speakers.
Swizzle said the concept behind the pitch competition was based on giving the five startups as much exposure during the conference as possible, even if they don’t win the cash prize.