Swim With The Sharks (SWTS) Video Pitch Competition

If you’re a new startup in Delaware or the surrounding area, submit your video pitch for a chance to win up to $13,500 USD cash and many valuable prizes awarded by the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.

Applications for the most recent batch are closed. Follow Lootstrap on Facebook for updates!

Award Amounts

  • Grand Prize: $13,500 USD
  • Second Place: $1,500 USD


Additional Benefits

Who Can Apply

  • For-profit businesses with a valid business license
  • In the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce traditional service area:
    • Delaware, Southern NJ, Cecil County, MD, and Southeastern PA
  • In business for less than 3 years

Selection Criteria

  • Product phase: working on prototype, in advanced development, etc.
  • Past, current, and projected sales revenue
  • Completion status and quality of business plan
  • Quality of pitch video: clear, concise, and compelling

Application Process

  • Written online application
  • Pitch video (submitted through Facebook) not more than 3 minutes long stating:
    • Who the founders are
    • Business overview, name, when it was started, and what startup phase you are in
    • Problem you are solving and your customer profile
    • Your unique value proposition
    • How the prize package will be used to take the business to the next level
  • Top 3 videos will be selected for a live pitch at the EEC Annual Luncheon
  • Grand Prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges
  • Second Prize winner will be selected by audience via text voting
  • Guidelines for submission



As always, this program takes ZERO equity!