Agra Living takes home second prize at BEDC Rocket Pitch
The Royal Gazette November 27, 2019
The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation has announced the winners of its 12th annual Rocket Pitch competition.
Participants pitched their businesses before a panel of judges in the hopes of winning a share of $25,000 in cash and services. Pitchers had five minutes to tell the story of their business, and then respond to questions.
Ranging from transportation apps to a vegan butter alternative, businesses pitched in five categories including Pitch Pink — a category geared towards tourism focused solutions — Pitch Tech, Pitch Town — businesses with the local community in mind — and Pitch Green.
Sponsored by the BEDC and Butterfield Bank. First: Better Butter, Alyson Thompson. A plant-based vegan butter alternative that looks, tastes and acts like butter but it’s better for you. Second: Agra Living, Chris Faria, an eco-friendly solution that empowers individuals through sustainable farming educational experiences that help to improve food security in Bermuda.
Successful pitchers won $5,000 for first place, and $1,000 for second, plus a start-up services package, sponsored by local businesses.
The service package includes business coaching by Transform Bermuda, a discounted photoshoot by Into Bermuda, marketing services by Inspired, accounting services by Quantifi, a gift bag by Walkers Global and discounted web development by Keeon Minors.
Kelsea Williams, communications and development officer at the BEDC, said: “It was really inspiring to see the calibre of the pitches that were submitted this year. The judges had a hard time selecting the winners and the audience was so engaged in the experience.”