The PitchFork Challenge

The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship created the PitchFork program in 2016 to coach business entrepreneurs

to pitch their business investment opportunities on a quarterly basis to a room full of investors with the purpose to boost the startup rates in the Monadnock region. At Radically Rural’s inaugural summit in 2018, the Hannah Grimes Center leveraged the success of the PitchFork program into The PitchFork Challenge, where there was prize money for the best pitch to a rural startup business entrepreneur.

The PitchFork Challenge provides money and momentum for local rural entrepreneurs to apply to be part of a business pitch competition. Over the summer local entrepreneurs are coached to create a compelling pitch describing their business opportunity in pursuit of a cash award. Ultimately, one business winner will be chosen to receive a prize of $10,000 in cash for the rural small business track.

This year’s summit will once again be the host of the final live pitch on September 22, 2022.

If you are interested in hearing more, reach out to the Hannah Grimes Center’s program director at

Can I Apply?

The PitchFork Challenge is for rural small business owners. It is open to any resident and business that is located in a town with a population of 30,000 or less. The business must be for-profiit and currently earning revenue, may not have won the PitchFork Challenge previously, may not have raised more than $250,000 in funding, and may not have earned more than $250,000 in revenue in the past year. If this sounds like you, apply here by July 11th. Find more information about PitchFork here.

2022 Schedule

*all times are EST*

June 27th @ 3-4pm: Join us for an info session via zoom

July 11th: Applications are due by end of business day

*more info to come if your application is accepted*

August 10th @ 5:00pm: Round 1 will be a closed live pitch to the panel of judges

September 8th @ 5:00pm: PitchFork Semi Finals will be livestreamed

September 22 @ 10:00-11:30am: PitchFork Final Event will be held in-person at the Radically Rural national summit

September 22 @4:00pm: Announcement Ceremony of the winners will be held in-person at the Livability SLAM event


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