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What is Lyft Pitch?

Lyft Pitch is a celebration of the 1 in 5 Lyft drivers who are entrepreneurs. The pitch competition provides anyone driving toward something with an opportunity to get their businesses or side hustles noticed--and funded.

How do I apply?

Fill out an application here and submit a 60-second video telling us about yourself, your business (or big idea), and how you’d use the prize money if you win.

Am I required to be a Lyft driver to participate?

Yes and no. If you are not an active Lyft driver, you must sign up to drive by 10/21/18 for your submission to be reviewed. If you are selected as a finalist, you must be an approved  Lyft driver with 100 rides completed by 11/14/18.

Can I start my application now and finish it later?

Your application must be completed in one sitting. If you need an extended period of time to prepare your application, consider drafting your answers elsewhere and copy/pasting them when you’re ready to submit. Once you’ve submitted, you may not edit your application.

What are the event dates and deadlines for Lyft Pitch?

Application Deadline | October 21, 2018
Semi-Finalists Notified By | October 26,  2018
Semi-Finals coaching sessions in DC | October 30-31, 2018
Lyft Pitch Main Event | November 14, 2018

Do I need to have a registered business to be eligible?

You do not need to be incorporated as a business. All entrepreneurs—whether you’re just starting out or years into your hustle—are welcome to apply!

How will my application be evaluated?

Judges will review your application based on  a) uniqueness of the business idea; b) current traction and viability to generate income; and c) impact the business has on the community

Can I apply if I’m not a resident of Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia?

Not this year, but let us know where we should bring Lyft Pitch next year. Indicate your interest with this form.

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