PROVINCETOWN — Do you have an idea that could help create more housing in Provincetown for people who work in the area? Is there a concept that’s on your mind that might be a good fit for the city? This may be your chance to share your plan and earn money.
The Spring 2022 Cape Cod Housing Free Virtual Pitch Competition will take place May 19 from 5:30-7 p.m.
EforAlla Boston-area nonprofit launched in 2010, aims to connect entrepreneurs with funding resources, professional mentorship and support.
EforAll will host the event in conjunction with Provincetown Commons and the City of Provincetown. The event is supported by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Urban Agenda Grant.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four housing presentation ideas. First prize is $1,000, second $750, third $500, and a fan-favorite prize of $500 will be awarded.
The pitch event will focus on ideas for a business, nonprofit or local policy that could help alleviate the city’s housing crisis, according to the EforAll website.
“The housing shortage is something that locals, we talk about all the time,” said EforAll executive director Christin Marshall.
“We are looking for workforce housing solutions that could help address the workforce housing shortage,” Marshall said.
Five judges will listen to the presentations and vote on who has the top three.
How EforAll works
The EforAll pitch competition began with quarterly competitions in July 2018, Marshall said.
In addition to pitch competitions, EforAll offers an intensive “business accelerator” program that connects entrepreneurs with Cape Cod professionals.
Pitch submissions are sent to over 100 local EforAll leaders who read and score the submissions. The eight candidates with the highest scores are invited to present, Marshall said.
The group of eight is coached before the event on how to give a good two-minute presentation.
The ideas are presented to the public and to a panel of five judges:
- Massachusetts State Senator Julian Cyr
- Massachusetts Regional Health Network Executive Director Stephanie Cox
- MacGregor Hay, president of Wellfleet Harbor Seafood Company
- A director of the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce, Oriana Conklin
- Ted Malone, President of Community Housing Resources
At the event, judges use an EforAll app to write comments and score pitches in real time. Once all eight slots have been completed, the judges will deliberate and choose the top three winners.
At the same time, the crowd votes for the fourth crowd favorite cash prize winner.
In addition to the $1,000 prize, the first-place winner will score a meeting with Provincetown City Manager Alex Morse for a chance to explain their idea. If it’s a good idea, it could be implemented by the city, Marshall said.
Between the accelerator program and the pitch competition, EforAll distributes nearly $50,000 a year to residents, Marshall said.
The funds come from the EforAll budget and are supported by the Urban Agenda grant.
The two-hour event offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to share their business ideas with community leaders, EforAll coaches, business owners, policy makers, neighbors and friends.
The housing shortage in broad daylight
“It’s getting harder and harder for people to find a place and just that stress, I think it’s also having a big economic impact in Provincetown,” said Jill Stauffer, EforAll coach and executive director of Provincetown. Commons.
Provincetown Commons is a collaborative workspace for artists and small businesses.
The housing shortage has had such an impact on Provincetown that the town recently presented 10 housing-related papers at the April 4 annual town hall meeting.
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Nine of these measures have been adopted.
The housing promotion event is another way for the city and the community to respond to the crisis.
“It’s nice to have a community that shares a wide range of ideas, something else that could potentially come up and just not be so narrow,” Stauffer said.
What to expect?
“We’ve tried to do our best to bring people into the room who can kind of help move the ideas forward. We really want it to make a difference. It’s free to attend and it’s free to apply and we hope to hear some great ideas,” Marshall said.
Marshall wants to hear the voices of those who might not be heard at the town hall and some original ideas.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to make money,” Stauffer said.
Housing pitch competition spring 2022
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