Calling All Entrepreneurs

We are very excited to announce the opening of submissions for COMMON Pitch NYC, a community event celebrating the next generation of collaborative social platforms. Featuring ten entrepreneurs and their fresh ideas for collaborative consumption, COMMON Pitch NYC will highlight the smartest and most efficient ways to utilize social technologies to borrow, share or trade the things we all need.

“Changing the world is the challenge of our generation, and using less stuff by sharing or trading is one awesomely powerful way to start doing that.” said Carmel Hagen, CMO of COMMON. “We can’t wait to shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs using social media to power a new era of conscious consumption!”

COMMON’s first pitch event, which took place last summer in Boulder, CO, drew international media attention to a global selection of up-and-coming social entrepreneurs. Featuring short pitches, celebrity judges, live music and a creative, collaborative environment, the event brought an energetic twist to the sometimes hum-drum world of new business pitching.

Partnering with COMMON, an organization that builds excitement and energy around social entrepreneurialism, is a natural fit,” said Toby Daniels, founder of Social Media Week and CEO of Crowdcentric. “By fostering community involvement around concepts for social good on a local and national level, COMMON fills an important niche in spurring collaboration. Working with them will enhance this critical component of Social Media Week.”

Submissions for COMMON Pitch NYC officially open today, Nov 11, 2011, and will end on January 9, 2012. Entrepreneurs with creative concepts or existing startups for collaborative consumption are encouraged to submit their pitches at We can’t wait to see what NYC comes up with.

Want to know a little bit more about COMMON? COMMON is a creative community for accelerating social change. Launched in January 2011 by Alex Bogusky, Ana Bogusky, Rob Schuham and John Bielenberg, COMMON supports, connects and celebrates those designing a new era of greener, cleaner and more socially minded capitalism. Find COMMON online at