Pitch Night was an excellent event with great ideas and strong pitches. Our thanks to everyone who made a pitch and who showed up to listen. Congratulations to our four winners!


They will be speaking, along with a dozen other speakers and performers, at the all-day TEDxTraverseCity event May 17, 2017. Tickets go on sale April 12 at 10:00 a.m. online at www.tedxtraversecity.com.


Pitch Night Videos

videos are in order as presented, use the menu icon in to the top left corner to click through each pitch

Traverse City enjoyed Pitch Night 2016 so much — standing room only! — that we are doing it again! This time, we encouraged applications from all ages. Below please see the list of Pitch Makers for March 2, 2017! Each has an “idea worth spreading.” Our speaking roster for May 17, 2017 will include four 6-minute speaking slots to be filled by the Pitch Night selection process. Please come meet these movers and shakers in our community.

  • All pitches must resonate with the 2017 theme, “…There’s Something More.”
  • What is a Pitch: up to but not to exceed three minutes; tell us your idea worth spreading – maybe not the whole thing: tell us enough to clearly connect with the theme and make us curious about hearing a full six-minute talk!
  • You are committing to show up in person at Pitch Night to deliver your Pitch. (We get questions about video Pitches: we will accept a short video during the application process, but Pitch Nights are in person experiences, in front of a live audience.)
  • Attendees! We welcome everyone to this free event. We do not issue tickets: doors open at 5:00 pm and it’s first-come, first-seated. Attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite speakers on ballot forms that will be taken into account along with the judge panel’s evaluation.


    Pitch Night Speakers