Savannah Now 1-8-2012

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  • November 11, 2012

Entrepreneurial competition FastPitch to return in March

FastPitch 2011 put young entrepreneur Jamie Bowerman on the fast track to success.

The Savannah College of Art and Design grad student pitched his idea for a configurable bag to a roomful of investors and fellow entrepreneurs at last April’s event. Bowerman won the “student entrepreneurs” division of the competition, connected with a handful of “mentors” in attendance and raised $9,000 through the online funding platform KickStarter.

He’s since produced several prototypes of the “Bowerbag” and is taking preorders for the combination backpack/messenger pouch/saddlebag. He’s found a manufacturer here in Georgia and expects to have product to sell within six to eight weeks.

“FastPitch was a catalyst for so many things,” Bowerman said. “It was the first domino in a series of dominos that encouraged me to press forward. Without the help from FastPitch, it would have been much more difficult.”

The next Jamie Bowerman could be discovered March 29 at FastPitch 2012. The day-long event will feature more than 40 entrepreneurs sharing their ideas, concepts and products with the public through three-minute pitches.

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