The DaVinci’s Faire and BarCamp QUICK PITCH (Elevator Speech) competition takes place at Manatee Technical College on SR-70 west of I-75. Our coaches prepare small business owners & aspiring entrepreneurs on how to improve and refine their 90 second pitches in front of a panel of judges and audience. The contest is held the day of DaVinci’s Faire in the auditorium from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM with coaching sessions available earlier in the day. This is a wonderful endeavor and we’re proud to have Heather L Holst-Knudsen on board as a judge and mentor.
Heather, a New York City area native and now resident of Sarasota, FL, is the CEO & Founder of KidBacker and HatchPad. A passionate entrepreneur, Heather has founded and led multiple business units for large organizations. She is founder and former President of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a B2B media platform that connects CXOs in manufacturing with senior level leaders in technology around the world. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications was sold to Frost & Sullivan in August 2012. Prior to Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, Heather was founder and President of Managing Automation Media and TechMatch Solutions, all divisions of Thomas Publishing Company in New York City. Heather is a trusted advisor to many top manufacturing and technology organizations including Cisco, AT&T, Google, SAP, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Ford, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and more. She has 25 years of B2B media experience, is a veteran digital media expert, and has been in a C-level leadership role for over 20 years. She has won multiple awards for innovation in media. Heather has an SBLL from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Heather also is Chairman of the Board and Founder of KidBacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship, a new 501c3 that will award seed grants and scholarships to young entrepreneurs to help fund their education and their businesses.
Company: Hatchpad and KidBacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship
Company URL: www.hatchpad.co