Recently, JP Morgan Chase and the JAX Chamber Foundation developed a partnership to impact economic development in the New Town Success Zone. Key to the programs success was the development was creating an infrastructure that supports a wide range of entrepreneurs (for-profit and not-for-profit). Two small businesses emerged as winners of the first pitch: Paul Stewart Photography and Deli Goodies Cafe. Fourteen non-profits pitched their ideas with five emerging as finalist to compete for a $2500 prize. Through its JAX Bridges entrepreneurial training program the JAX Chamber Foundation will host two future pitch contests and cash prizes for non-profits in 2018, upcoming paid internship opportunities for Edward Waters College business students in 2018, and a new JAX Bridges cohort for the winter.
In order to pitch, participants must enroll in a version of JAX Bridges. Carlton Robinson, the VP of Entrepreneurial Growth at the JAX Chamber remarked, “We are grateful that the organization has been trusted by JP Morgan Chase to be stewards of their investment and ecstatic about the early foundation of building infrastructure for entrepreneurs in the New Town Success Zone.” Shown are pitch judges Kemal Gasper (BB&T), Ken Justice (WJXT), Dania Frink (Johnson and Johnson) and Susan Appleton (Appleton Communications) grading the pitches for 2017 fall registrants. To register and for more info visit www.jaxbridges.com.