MIAMI, FL – February 21, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize 2017 today announced the launch of the “Second Annual Latino Perfect Pitch,” a national small business pitch competition where participants will have the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of small business expert judges. One participant will win a $5,000 grand prize at Hispanicize 2017 (, the national Latino influencers and trendsetters event that will take place April 3-6 in Miami.

“The Latino Perfect Pitch” is a small business competition for entrepreneurs seeking an opportunity to take their business ideas to the next level with the opportunity to win $5,000 to fund the development of their company and brand. The competition, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is open to small business owners who have been in business no more than five years and are planning to attend Hispanicize 2017.

To participate in “The Latino Perfect Pitch” small business pitch competition, interested individuals must complete the simple submission form at and provide the following supporting items: a one to two-minute video introduction, a brief business plan description, a bio and headshot as well as a case study (if applicable). The deadline to enter is March 10, 2017. The competition is open to small business owners, regardless of ethnic heritage/background.

“We aim to discover three great finalists who can present a grand prize idea that’s dynamic, viable and scalable,” said Hispanicize Media Group CEO Manny Ruiz, a serial entrepreneur. “The advantage of our competition is the prestige of presenting at Hispanicize.”

The three finalists will present their concepts live on stage at Hispanicize 2017 on Wednesday, April 5, for the chance to win $5,000 to fund their business expansion, and $1,500 in press release distributions from Hispanicize Wire.

“Supporting entrepreneurs as they continue to build and grow their businesses continues to be one of our goals,” said Xochitl Leon, Hispanic segment strategy leader at Wells Fargo. “By participating in the Latino Perfect Pitch, entrepreneurs gain exposure to coaching, resources and valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges as they work on expanding their businesses.

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Hispanicize 2017 is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees from the fields of social media, journalism, marketing, music, film and entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 Update

Hispanicize 2017 Week will feature more than 200 speakers in 100+ sessions, town halls, workshops, fireside chats and keynotes. Hispanicize 2017 also features the Second Annual DiMe Summit, the first annual Hispanicize CMO Summit, the Third Annual Tecla Awards, the 4th annual Positive Impact Awards and Second Annual NAHJ Spanish-language Journalist Conference.

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This year’s event is being produced in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, PRWeek, the Latino Startup Alliance and Black Tech Week.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available through March 23, 2017 by contacting [email protected] or calling 203.364.4779.

Presented by Prudential Financial, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( is sponsored by a growing list of sponsors. As of today, announced sponsors also include: P&G Orgullosa, Crest, Toyota, SBS’ LaMusica, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Best Western, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, AARP, KOA, CNN, CNN Español, The City of Miami, Kelley Blue Book, Regions Bank, Pan American Life Insurance, ESPN Deportes, Florida Dairy Farmers, Alma, República, C-Com Group,, APC Collective, BodenPR,, Visit Philly, saludMóvil and The Calvert Foundation.

Additional media partners include: Hispanicize Wire, Mamiverse,, Popful, Hispanic Kitchen, 2BTube, PRODU, El Sentinel, Puerto Rico BloggerCon, Hispanic PR Blog, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, Miami Herald Media, Black Enterprise, Media Moves and iBlog Magazine.

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 8th year, Hispanicize 2017 Week ( (#Hispz17) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.

Hispanicize 2017 is expected to gather more than 3,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 3-6, 2017.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen and the Hispanic PR Blog.

The Hispanicize Event can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.