Swim With The Sharks

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 are open from August 1, 12:00 noon to August 28, 4:00 pm EDT. Prizes will be awarded on September 22, 2017. 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