Create & Cultivate Small Business Summit 2021 Pitch Contest Official Rules

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST IS RESTRICTED TO INDIVIDUALS, 18 OF AGE OR OLDER AT TIME OF ENTRY.

 

BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU AGREE TO THESE OFFICIAL RULES, WHICH ARE A CONTRACT, SO READ THEM CAREFULLY BEFORE ENTERING. WITHOUT LIMITATION, THIS CONTRACT INCLUDES INDEMNITIES TO THE RELEASED ENTITIES FROM YOU AND A LIMITATION OF YOUR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.

 

THIS CONTEST IS IN NO WAY SPONSORED, ENDORSED OR ADMINISTERED BY, OR ASSOCIATED WITH, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, LINKEDIN, OR ANY OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM (“SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM”). YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING YOUR INFORMATION TO SPONSOR, AND NOT TO THE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM WHERE YOU MAY HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THIS PROMOTION.

I. CONTEST PERIOD: The “Create & Cultivate Small Business Summit 2021 Pitch Contest” (“Contest”) begins Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 12:00:01 AM Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends Friday, September 24, 2021, at 11:59:59 PM PT (the “Contest Entry Period”). The computer clock of Sponsor’s web-master is the official timekeeping device of the Contest.

II. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to permanent legal residents of New York City and one of its’ five (5) boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx or Staten Island – (void in all other U.S. states, areas within the state of New York other than New York City, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and all overseas military installations) who are physically located and residing therein, who on the date of entry are eighteen (18) years of age or older. Officers, directors and employees of Create & Cultivate LLC (“Sponsor”) their respective parent companies, divisions, subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective agents, advertising, promotional and judging agencies of each of the foregoing, and any other entity or persons that develops, produces or distributes materials for or related to this Contest (collectively, “the Released Entities”), and members of the immediate families (defined for these purposes as including spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings, and each of their respective spouse) or households (whether related or not) of any of the above, are NOT eligible to enter or win. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, and is void where prohibited by law. Winning a Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

III. HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST: An eligible participant entering this Contest shall be deemed a Participant (“Participant” or “you”). Entry does not require a purchase of any kind. You are invited to visit Create & Cultivate’s Small Business Summit 2021 Pitch Contest landing page at https://www.createcultivate.com/small-business-summit-2021/ (the “Website”) and follow the prompts to register a first name, last name, business name, business Instagram account, business website, business location, business ownership details, how the business makes money, annual revenue of the business, how COVID-19 affected the business, intended use of Prize. a 5-page presentation about the business inclusive of topline stats, company wins and team bios, telephone number (to be used for finalists contact only), e-mail address and date of birth as well as fill out a submission form. Upon completion of the registration and submission form, you automatically receive one (1) entry into the Contest. Website’s server must receive all entries by 11:59 PM PT on Friday, September 24, 2021. Limit one entry per person, per business name. By registering, and clicking on the “Enter Contest” button, you certify that you acknowledge and are in compliance with these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements. By entering, you also acknowledge compliance with the Terms and Conditions of the Sponsor’s Website at http://www.createcultivate.com/. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it determines, in its sole discretion, has violated any provision of these Official Rules as applicable, and its decision in this regard is final. Proof that you entered the Contest online does not constitute evidence that we actually received it by the appropriate deadline. Incomplete entries are void. All entries and information become the property of the Sponsor, and will not be acknowledged or returned.

IV. FINALIST DRAWING AND NOTIFICATION: Three (3) potential finalists (“Finalists”), will be chosen by, and at the sole discretion of, Sponsor, on or about October 4, 2021 from all eligible entries received during the Contest entry period. These decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. The Finalists will be notified by e-mail. If a Finalist cannot be contacted, the Ticket and Prize will be forfeited and an alternate finalist will be selected. Reasons for any Prize forfeited and an alternate potential finalist selected from the remaining eligible entries, by and at the sole discretion of Sponsor, are as follows: (i) if a potential Finalist cannot be reached within two (2) days from initial notification attempt; (ii) if Prize is returned as non- deliverable; (iii) and in the event of non-compliance with any of the requirements of these Official Rules. Finalists may be featured on the Sponsor’s website, and their respective social media pages.

V. TICKET AND GRAND PRIZE (“Prize”)

Three (3) Finalists (“Finalists”) will receive the opportunity to pitch their small business live in- person to a panel of judges (“Judges”) during the Create & Cultivate Small Business Summit 2021, on Saturday, October 16, 2021 (“Ticket”). Finalists will be provided with a complimentary pass for entry to the Event for themselves and one (1) guest. Finalists and guests must be 100% fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination along with matching government issued I.D for entry to the Event. Finalists are solely responsible for any and all expenses not explicitly stated herein including but not limited to ground transportation, accommodations, parking fees, food, beverages, telephone calls, tips, gratuities, bag or coat storage, merchandise, souvenirs, or service charges. Judges will be selected at the sole discretion of Sponsor, and the Judges’ selection of the Grand Prize Winner is at their sole discretion. Judges decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to the Contest. Judges will select and name one (1) finalist the winner (“Grand Prize Winner”)

 

One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive:

    • $10,000.00 check, issued to the Grand Prize Winner’s registered name of business per the

registration form

    • Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize is $10,000.00.

VI. GENERAL PRIZE TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The Grand Prize Winner is required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations. The value of the Prize awarded to a Grand Prize Winner will be reported for tax purposes as required by law. The Grand Prize Winner will be solely responsible for all income, federal, state and/or local taxes, and for any other fees or costs associated with the Prize they receive. Winners receiving a Prize valued over $600.00 will be required to sign the Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity (collectively, the “Prize Acceptance Release”), and return it within three (3) business days of written notification or the Prize may be forfeited and an alternate potential winner selected, time-permitting, where legal. Winners may also be required to send a copy of their passport, driver’s license or birth certificate as proof of age. A winner will be required to provide Sponsor with a valid social security number before a Prize will be awarded for tax reporting purposes. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of a Grand Prize Winner. Non-compliance shall result in disqualification and award of the Prize to an alternate winner. If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, or if he or she has not complied with these Official Rules, or if the potential winner cannot attend or participate in any portion of the Prize, or if the potential winner declines a Prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winner may be disqualified, even if the disqualified potential winner’s name may have been shown/announced online, and an alternate winner will be selected, at the discretion of the Sponsor.

 

Each winner’s acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission and signifies winner’s agreement and consent (except where prohibited) that the Sponsor may use the winner’s name, photograph, city, state, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice and/or Prize information for any and all public relations, advertising and/or promotional purposes as determined by the Sponsor in all forms of media and by all manners (now and hereafter known), worldwide, including the Internet, in perpetuity, without notice, consent, review or approval or further compensation, except where prohibited by law.

 

No portion of the Grand Prize is transferable. There are no substitutions unless specified or approved by the Sponsor. Prize details and availability are subject to change, and in the event that the Sponsor is unable to provide the winner with the prize won, the Sponsor may elect, at its sole and absolute discretion, to provide the winner with the approximate value of such item in cash or award an alternate prize of comparable or greater value. The stated ARV of the Prize is based on available information provided to Sponsor at the time these Official Rules were drafted (and any difference in ARV at the time of awarding will not be awarded). The Released Entities are not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, damaged, intercepted, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the potential Winners. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited. A properly claimed prize will be awarded subject to these Official Rules. The Sponsor and other Released Parties are not in any way responsible or liable for damages resulting from shipping and handling, loss, use or misuse of any prize awarded in the Sweepstakes.

VII. PRIVACY AND OPT-IN: Any personal information supplied by you to the Sponsor will be subject to their respective privacy policy posted at http://createcultivate.com/privacy-policy for the Sponsor. By entering the Contest, you grant the Sponsor permission to share your e- mail address and any other personally identifiable information with the Released Entities for the purpose of administration, and Prize fulfillment. You will also have the opportunity to authorize the Sponsor and its affiliates and partners to send you e-mails about their products and services. You may opt out of receiving future e-mails from the Sponsor, by clicking on the link contained in any e-mail from that party. You will remain eligible for this Contest whether or not you opt out of receiving promotional e-mails from the Sponsor.

VIII: ENTRY ERRORS/TAMPERING: Sponsor is not responsible for: (i) electronic or digital transmissions or any entries that are lost, late, stolen, incomplete, illegible, damaged, garbled, destroyed, postage-due or misdirected; (ii) any problems or technical malfunctions, errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation or transmission, communication failures, destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; (iii) failed or unavailable hardware, network, software or telephone transmissions, damage to Participants’ or any person’s computer and/or its contents, or causes beyond Sponsor’s reasonable control that jeopardize the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest; (iv) any entries submitted in a manner that is not expressly allowed under these rules; (v) incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by participants or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest, (vi) any typographical or other error in the printing or advertising of the offer, administration or execution of the Contest, or in the announcement of Prize/Prize winners; or (vii) malfunctions or interference resulting from illicit, malicious or injurious code (including but not limited to viruses, worms and denial of service attacks). If for any reason the Contest cannot be executed as planned, including but not limited to transmission failure, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor that corrupts or affects the security, administration, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, or if the Contest is compromised or becomes technically corrupted in any way, electronically or otherwise, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify or terminate the Sweepstakes and reserves the right, but shall not be obligated, to randomly select the winners from among all non-suspect entries received as of the date/time of such termination/cancellation or modification. The Sponsor reserves the right to investigate multiple shipments of Prizes to any single address. The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify and prosecute any individual who tampers with or attempts to tamper with the entry process or who enters using any automatic or programmed entry duplication method.

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CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR OTHERWISE CORRUPT THE CONTEST OR TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY, PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

The Sponsor reserves the right to void all entries made through any robotic, automatic, mechanical, programmed or similar entry duplication method and to disqualify any individual using such a method. Any Participant determined to be involved in such prohibited activity will not be eligible to receive a Prize in this Sweepstakes.

IX. RELEASES: All Participants, as a condition of participation in this Contest, agree to indemnify, release and hold harmless the Released Entities from any and all liability, claims, damages, injuries or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property which may be sustained in connection with: (a) participating in any aspect of the Contest; or (b) the receipt, ownership, possession, use or misuse of any Prize awarded.

X. DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Except where prohibited, each Participant agrees that this Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with, the laws of the state of California without giving effect to its or any other state’s choice of law or conflict of law statutes, regulations or rules. Participants agree that any and all disputes, claims, causes of action, or controversies (“Claims”) arising out of or in connection with the Contest shall be resolved, upon the election by either the Participant, Sponsor and/or its affiliates (each a “Party”) by arbitration conducted by telephone, online and/or be solely based on written submissions without any personal appearance by the parties or witnesses unless otherwise mutually agreed by the parties, pursuant to this provision and the code of procedures of either the National Arbitration Forum (“NAF”) or the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as selected by the Participant. IF ARBITRATION IS CHOSEN BY ANY PARTY WITH RESPECT TO A CLAIM, NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO LITIGATE THAT CLAIM IN COURT OR HAVE A JURY TRIAL ON THAT CLAIM. FURTHER, NEITHER PARTICIPANT OR SPONSOR NOR WEBSITE HOST WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY ON BEHALF OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR OTHER PERSONS SIMILARLY SITUATED, OR AS A MEMBER OF ANY CLASS OF CLAIMANTS PERTAINING TO ANY CLAIM SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION. EXCEPT AS SET FORTH BELOW, THE ARBITRATOR’S DECISION WILL BE FINAL AND BINDING. NOTE THAT OTHER RIGHTS THAT PARTICIPANT WOULD HAVE IF PARTICIPANT WENT TO COURT ALSO MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ARBITRATION. Unless the Participant and Sponsor mutually agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s Claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. The arbitrator’s authority to resolve Claims is limited to Claims between the Sponsor and/or its affiliates and Participant, alone and the arbitrator’s authority to make awards is limited to awards to the Sponsor and/or its affiliates and the Participant alone. Furthermore, claims brought by either Party against the other may not be joined or consolidated in arbitration with Claims brought by or against any third party, unless agreed to in writing by all Parties. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that Party’s individual claim.

 

No arbitration award or decision will have any preclusive effect as to issues or claims in any dispute with anyone who is not a named Party to the arbitration. Notwithstanding any other provision in these Official Rules and without waiving either Party’s right to appeal such decision, should any portion of this paragraph be deemed invalid or unenforceable, then the entirety of this arbitration provision (other than this sentence and the paragraph below) shall be null and void.

 

 

If arbitration is not used to resolve a Claim, PARTICIPANT AGREES THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A JURY TRIAL. PARTICIPANT AND SPONSOR EACH UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY CLAIM OR COUNTERCLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THESE SWEEPSTAKES IN ANY WAY. IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, THIS PARAGRAPH MAY BE FILED TO SHOW A WRITTEN

CONSENT TO A TRIAL BY THE COURT. Participant agrees that this Contest shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the State of California, without giving any effect to the principals of conflicts of law, and the forum for any dispute shall be in Los Angeles, California.

XI. SPONSOR and CONTEST ADMINISTRATOR: Create & Cultivate LLC, 1201 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

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