Pitch to Win Up To $16,000 IN PRIZES

Get Started Las Vegas will highlight up to five entrepreneurs who will pitch their idea to a distinguished panel of experts.

One winner will be named to receive up to $16,000 in prizes including a one year Cox Business technology package.

Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from accomplished leaders in digital marketing, funding and business growth strategy.


  • $2,500 Cash
  • 1 year Cox Business services worth up to $5,000
  • Cox Media Professional Production Services worth up to $2,000
  • 1 full-page ad from Vegas Inc showcasing your company product/service worth $3,000
  • Up to $3,100 in services from Heartland Payment Systems
  • $500 of services from Work in Progress



Whether you’re a start-up or looking to grow your current business with a new idea, join us to learn from an esteemed panel of experts to turn that idea into a revenue generating success.


In our pitch competition, you’ll get the chance to win a prize package valued at over $16,000


Register To Pitch




Cox Business is bringing Get Started to Las Vegas (#GetStartedVegas) , in partnership with Inc.

  • WHEN: Thursday, September 15th, 2016 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm
  • WHERE: Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort 4321 West Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public but you must register to attend.

Reception and Networking
Complimentary cocktails & hors d’oeuvres at one of the best networking events you’ll attend this year! (served before and after the competition)

Registration is now open – Limited Seating – Reserve Your  Seat Now

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ken_kraft_smKen Kraft, Vice President, Cox Business Marketing – Cox Communications

Ken Kraft is vice president of marketing for Cox Business, Cox Communications’ $1.9 billion division that provides video, voice and data telecommunications services to businesses of all sizes. In this role, Kraft is responsible for segment marketing, demand generation, brand, product marketing, pricing, digital marketing, and marketing communications to accelerate new customer acquisition and customer retention.



AV_Headshot3Allen Vance, owner of Work In Progress

As the owner of Work In Progress, a coworking and meeting space in Las Vegas, Allen has a tremendous passion for creating environments and connections that help small businesses and start-ups succeed.

This passion is a culmination of years spent as an executive within large international banking and resort companies. Allen decided to combine his desire of trying and experimenting with new concepts and technologies by starting Let’s Rally, a full-service digital agency.

While the commitment to both companies takes up most of his time, Allen enjoys rooting for Duke basketball, his graduate school, with his wife and two young children.

LauraLorber-9425FlatLaura Lorber, Executive Editor of

Laura Lorber is Executive Editor of, the website for Inc. Magazine, in New York, where she oversees a team of editors and reporters, as well as the Columnist Network. Laura is an award-winning business journalist. Past roles include Executive Editor Online at Entrepreneur Magazine, Assistant News Editor at The Wall Street Journal Online and Managing Editor of She is a graduate of Rutgers University and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.


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Shaan Patel, founder of Prep Expert

Shaan Patel is the founder of Prep Expert SAT & ACT Preparation, a #1 bestselling author, an MD/MBA student at Yale and USC, and winner of a Shark Tank deal with billionaire Mark Cuban. He raised his own SAT score from average to perfect and developed online and in-person courses to teach students his methods at



Tim Washer, stand-up comedian, a video producer, and corporate humorist

Tim studied improv under Amy Poehler, comedy writing with Tom Purcell, executive producer of The Colbert Report, and has appeared on SNL, Conan O’Brien, Onion Sports Network, and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  He’s emceed events featuring Pixar CEO John Lasseter, Emmy-Winner Tony Hale (VEEP, Arrested Development) and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu.

Tim has performed at corporate events for IBM, Cisco, Deloitte, CDC, Google and The White House. His award-winning corporate work has been featured in The New York Times, WSJ, Ad Age, ADWEEK, and Fast Company. He has presented at Content Marketing World Sydney, SXSW and Forrester’s CMO Council. He holds an MBA from McCombs at UT Austin, where he majored in PowerPoint.

Get Started Las Vegas Sponsors



You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of Las Vegas Nevada who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business that is physically located within a Cox Business serviceable area. Entry Period begins 09/12/16. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started Las Vegas: Network. Learn. Pitch Contest” Winners/Rules, Shana Keith, Cox Communications, Inc., 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 1400 Lake Hearn Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319.