Rochester Downtown Alliance hosts Start-Up Event Grant Pitch Night

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(ABC 6 News) – The Rochester Downtown Alliance hosted a shark-tank style pitch night Wednesday evening giving away at least $25,000 to people spearheading creative downtown events.

The goal is to boost engagement downtown.

In total, ten contestants pitched their ideas to the panel of “sharks” or, local business leaders.

Contestants had some great ideas from promoting the local music scene to educating folks about diverse cultures

“Now we get to make the festival bigger and better, and we’re going to be stretching it to 6 stages around downtown Rochester.”

“It’s going to be beautiful, and we’re going to have poetry for the opening and closing of one of the kids we work with, and it’s going to be about mother africa.”

The two projects were a part of the Rochester Thaw music festival which was awarded 5,000 dollars.

The event, Celebrating East African Culture was awarded 3,500 dollars.