FreedomFest Pitch Tank


The FreedomFest Pitch Tank is an electrifying opportunity for creators, inventors, and aspiring entrepreneurs! This is our celebration of the role of the entrepreneur in society to find the solutions of tomorrow for the problems of today. Each competitor will compete for cash prizes and invaluable professional services. Additionally, we provide guidance to refine your concept and pair you with industry mentors for expert guidance. Whether you’re a seasoned innovator or just starting out, this event is your platform to shape the future of your entrepreneurship journey.

Programming Format

There will be four 45 minute breakout sessions dedicated to the competition with one on each day of FreedomFest. Our panel of judges will use the first three breakout sessions to whittle the pool of potential winners down to 3 competitors. On the final day of the competition, our celebrity judges will choose the winning idea. During our closing main stage session, we’ll announce the winner and bring them up on stage.

Contestants will pitch their idea to a panel of judges in the first round. The top three finalists will pitch again in the final round to a panel of celebrity judges. The winner will receive a cash prize angel investment. Each entry includes two FreedomFest full conference passes, the opportunity to pitch, and a $500 contribution to the prize.

In addition, contestants can participate in the “Tradeshow for Liberty” exhibit hall by upgrading to exhibitor status. These participants will also receive a bronze tabletop and basic branding presence on our website in addition to the aforementioned benefits.


  • Real world experience in pitching your company to active VC’s and investors
  • The opportunity to compete for the $25,000 to invest into your business
  • Free access to Business Power Tools
  • The opportunity to choose to table in our exhibit hall, allowing you to be in front of our broad audience of potential investors
  • The winner will be brought up on our main stage and introduced to our entire conference
  • We will share the participants and winners of the competition to our email list of approximately 30K

Celebrity Judges

Steve Forbes
Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
John Mackey
Founder, Whole Foods Market & Love.Life
Rudy Mawer
Founder, Mawer Capital
Judges for the initial round will be:
  • Burke Franklin – CEO of Business Power Tools
  • Jenn Huynh – Program Manager in the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Paul Merage School of Business
  • Jay Goth – Founder and CEO of Redtail Capital
  • Jim Woods – Editor and investment director of Intelligence Report, Successful Investing, Bullseye Stock Trader, High Velocity Options
  • Bernt Ullman – Owner of Bernt Ullman, CBA and Brand Accelerator for top celebrity brands.
  • JJ Richa – CEO of Pismo Ventures

Participation Levels

Pitch Only $1500

  • 2 registration passes
  • 2 welcome reception tickets
  • One pitch slot
  • Eligibility for the grand prize
  • Website listing/link
  • App listing

Pitch & Exhibit $3000

  • 2 registration passes
  • 2 welcome reception tickets
  • One pitch slot
  • Tabletop exhibit space in the FreedomFest exhibit hall
  • Eligibility for the grand prize
  • Website listing/link
  • App listing
  • Social media promotion


Click the button below to fill out the application form. 

We will accept applications from May 8 until June 20, 2024. Applications will be approved on a rolling basis upon which your registration fee will be paid in order to participate.