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Common Pitch Milwaukee/Community Stories Summer 2012

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Innovation week in Milwaukee attracted some of the sharpest minds in business from across the country.  One of the highlights of the week was Common Pitch at Turner Hall Ballroom.

With a $30,000 prize on the line, eight entrepreneurs pitched their business models to a panel of experts and a audience packed with creative onlookers.

All kinds of products were on the table.  From an online 12-step program companion, to a gadget that tracks hand sanitization in hospitals, to a web-application to help rehab unhappy relationships, the presenters enthusiastically tried to get judges and audience to bite on their product.

Milwaukee is only the third North American city selected to host Common Pitch.  And organizers say Milwaukee is as creative as they come.

"Milwaukee is always on the up-and-up, and it's always a little cooler than other cities," Andrew Nelson, Public Relations Manager for the Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall, candidly said.

"The average age here is 30.3, which is 6 years under the national average.  [Milwaukee] is a very young city, so that's always good for innovation," Nelson said.

But with all the great ideas in the mix at Turner Hall, only one innovator could take home the prize.  Flint and Tinder, a New York based, high-quality men's underwear manufacturer, took home that $30,000 payday. The audience choise, SwipeSense, raked in an $800 in audience donations.

For a complete list of presenters, visit Common Pitch's official website.  There you can see videos of the products and read about the judges.

 

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