Pitch Your Opportunity Zone Property at UIC on June 19
Real estate redevelopment event focused on Opportunity Zones will give a forum for sites to reach investors and developers worldwide.
BrownfieldListings.com (BL) and Calumet Collaborative have joined forces to produce an exciting and action-packed pitch competition for real estate redevelopment opportunities in an Opportunity Zone (OZ) that will conclude the Brownfield & Opportunity Zone (BOZ) Bootcamp, which is taking place at the University of Illinois at Chicago on June 19. Candidate sites are free to register for the event and finalists will receive free admission to the BOZ Bootcamp as well as the opportunity to pitch their OZ site in front of judges and a live audience for the chance to gain exposure, receive feedback and win prizes.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to tune up your pitch with leading OZ professionals and perhaps win a share of publicity, prizes and actionable project interest!
Selected to pitch or not, all valid OZ site submissions will be aggregated and shared with attendees as well as BL’s international network of investors, developers and real estate professionals. So, simply by submitting your OZ site, it will gain visibility. Attendees who have submitted sites, but not been selected as finalists, may bring a poster and add their marketing materials to a featured table in the exhibiting area to further raise their site’s profile.
The BOZ Bootcamp Pitch Competition winner will be announced during the reception that immediately follows.
Site must be in an Opportunity Zone. There is no limit on the number of parcels/projects you may enter.
Presentation with slides. Can include pictures, maps, video. Pitch participants will also be able to prepare a flyer meant to brief the judges panel ahead of time (a template will be provided).
What to Include
Vision for the site - what is the best end use, and how does it benefit investors, developers, and the community?
What should investors and developers know about the site that would pique their interest? Have RFPs been released? Are there considerations stakeholders have to work around?
Community of impact, partners involved, stakeholders, who has been involved so far.
What, When & Where?
What are the past and present details for the site you want to sell and/or develop? Where is the site located? Use a map. What is your timeline - have key milestones occurred?
Is your solution innovative? What are your unique qualifications or resources and how are you leveraging them? Are there valuable assets near this site (transportation, green space, people, etc.), and what barriers will you need to overcome? Does your site include other financial incentives?
Bold Request / Next Step
Why is this particular OZ of interest to a developer or investor, or why would anyone want to work with you? What will make your vision possible? How will you quantify and measure your impact? Why will everyone be happy with the end result? Focus on hard numbers and don’t get too in the weeds - use language that resonates with everyone.
The Chicago BOZ Bootcamp Pitch Competition is a collaboration with CALUMET COLLABORATIVE