Pitch Competitions

Annual competitions where small businesses compete for cash and in-kind prizes.

Every year, BakerRipley has exciting opportunities for small businesses across the Greater Houston area to access capital in the form of cash or in-kind prizes.

English Competition

Hosted by BakerRipley, the annual IgniteHTX! Business Pitch Competition invites entrepreneurs from Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Montgomery Counties to showcase their innovative products and services. Prepare to ignite your business idea and compete for a chance to win cash prizes and invaluable in-kind rewards!

Who Can Apply?
We’re looking for creative thinkers and aspiring entrepreneurs who are ready to take their startups to the next level. If you’re based in one of the eligible counties and have a business idea that needs exposure, IgniteHTX! could be your launchpad.

Key Dates:

  • Application Opens: May 6
  • Application Closes: June 12
  • Pitch Competition Final: August 16

Competition Structure:

  1. Initial Round: From the applications received, our panel will select the top 20 contenders.
  2. Semifinals: Narrowed down to the top 10.
  3. Final Showdown: Top 10 finalists will pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges in a thrilling finale.

Support and Preparation:
At BakerRipley, we believe in supporting our entrepreneurs beyond just the competition. All participants will have access to exclusive workshops and coaching sessions designed to hone their pitching skills and business acumen. These resources are tailored to equip you with the knowledge and confidence needed to succeed in the competition and beyond.

Apply Now:
Applications open May 6. To learn more or apply for the program, click here.

Spanish Competition

Lanzate Houston!

Each fall, BakerRipley partners with the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity to host Lanzate Houston! This event is the first and only of its kind in Houston to be held entirely in Spanish. Entrepreneurs pitch their business to a panel of expert judges in one of two categories: product or service. Contestants are paired with a business coach to work on their pitch and participate in a series of workshops to help them prepare for the competition.

Entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries from all over Houston participate in the competition each year. Winners in each category are awarded first, second and third prizes of $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000 as well as a “fan favorite” prize of $1,000. Participants can also win in-kind prizes such as chamber memberships, technology and more.



Give us a call or send us an email to learn more about our pitch competitions and register today.

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