The City of South Portland is prepared to launch a small-business pitch competition to support local entrepreneurs and project a business-friendly image.

Many of the details are still being worked out (and I’ll update the story when I know more), but the weekly pitch competition, called Startup South Portland, will offer an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to a panel of experienced judges. Weekly winners will receive an as-yet-undetermined monetary prize that will be provided by a local business sponsor. The event is similar to a pitch contest launched in Biddeford last year called Pitch York County.

The city plans to host the first pitch contest on Sept. 13, 2017. It will be open to small businesses (defined as those with less than $100,000 in annual revenue, whether incorporated or not) based in South Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth, and Westbrook. Each event will take place at a different South Portland venue involved in the city’s entrepreneurial community.

Small-business owners interested in applying can do so here.

The event is presented by the City of South Portland and Opticliff Law LLC.