Nominations now open for 'The Perfect Pitch'

| by Cherryh Cansler
Nominations now open for 'The Perfect Pitch'

Street Shak Caribbean Kitchen owners Tony and Karen Bradshaw pitch their brand at the 2017 Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Are you looking to expand your new(ish) fast casual concept? If so, we want to hear all about it at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 7–9, in Seattle.

We are now accepting entries for our fourth annual competition, The Perfect Pitch — what we like to describe as a friendlier version of "Shark Tank." It's aimed at owners of new fast casual concepts looking to pitch their brands to a roomful of potential investors and franchisees at the summit.

To enter, restaurant concepts must meet three guidelines:

  • Have at least one store open but no more than 10.
  • Must be no less than six months old and no more than five years old.
  • Must share revenue and average sales data.

Entries will be accepted through June 8. Three finalists will be selected by Aug. 8 to make their five-minute pitch on Oct. 9 at the summit. At the conclusion of the session, attendees will vote on the concept they believe is most likely to succeed in its expansion plans.

What do I win?

Finalists will receive free advice from industry experts and two free passes to attend this year's summit, but must cover their own costs for travel and accommodations. The winner will receive bragging rights and complimentary hotel and registration for one at FCES 2018.

Last year's winner was Street Shak Caribbean Kitchen of Toronto. Owners Tony and Karen Bradshaw said they applied for the contest thinking it would be an ideal way to "meet and learn directly from the conference attendees and, most importantly, get feedback from the panel specific to our concept to help us grow." 

They were right.

"Wow! Everyone was so open, honest and provided us with feedback or support," Tony said in an interview with FastCasual. "Immediately after Street Shak was announced as the winner, the panelists talked to us about what they liked about our concept, and what made it fresh and different.

"The best part was the follow-up questions and advice that [the panelists] provided on some things we may want to consider to improve our revenue in our existing location, and recommendations on what to look for before expansion."

Click here to nominate your brand for this year's Perfect Pitch competition. Nominations close June. 8.

The 2015 winner was Pincho Factory, and the 2016 winner was Rockfire Grill based in California.

Register here for the Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 7-9 in Seattle.


Cherryh Cansler

Before joining Networld Media Group as director of Editorial, where she oversees Networld Media Group's nine B2B publications, Cherryh Cansler served as Content Specialist at Barkley ad agency in Kansas City. Throughout her 17-year career as a journalist, she's written about a variety of topics, ranging from the restaurant industry and technology to health and fitness. Her byline has appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Forbes, The Kansas City Star and American Fitness magazine. She also serves as the managing editor for

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