MIAMI, FL – February 8, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Wells Fargo and the seventh annual Hispanicize event are joining forces to launch the first annual “The Latino Perfect Pitch”, a national small business pitch competition where participants will have the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of small business expert judges. One participant will win a $5,000 grand prize at Hispanicize 2016 (, the national Latino influencers and trendsetters event that will take place April 4-8 in Miami.

“The Latino Perfect Pitch” is a small business competition for entrepreneurs and bloggers seeking an opportunity to take their business to the next level with a chance to win $5,000 to fund the development of their business and brand. The competition is open to all small business owners whether they recently launched their venture or have been in business no more than five years and are planning to attend Hispanicize 2016. To participate in “The Latino Perfect Pitch” small business pitch competition, interested individuals must complete the submission form at and provide the following supporting items: one-minute video introduction, business plan, a bio and headshot as well as a case study, if applicable. The deadline to enter is March 7, 2016. The competition is open to everybody, regardless of ethnic heritage/background.

“The competition will recognize three entrepreneurs/bloggers who present an idea that’s both viable and clever enough to scale,” said Hispanicize CEO Manny Ruiz, a true entrepreneur with more than 10 startups under his belt. “This competition is perfect for the legions of content creators, technologists and journalists who converge at Hispanicize and who simply need that extra spark to raise capital, gain national exposure and/or secure more customers. We can’t wait to showcase their businesses.”

The three finalists will present their concepts live on stage at Hispanicize 2016 on Thursday, April 7th for the chance to win $5,000 to fund their idea, $1,500 in press release distributions from Hispanicize Wire and national media exposure.

“We are committed to working closely with today’s innovators and entrepreneurs to help them build and grow their businesses,” said Mariela Ure, head of Hispanic segment strategy at Wells Fargo and Hispanicize 2016 board member. “The Latino Perfect Pitch is more than a contest – it is an opportunity to provide the winner resources, valuable coaching and access to a panel of experts to help them strengthen their business.”

(See the Hispanicize 2016 preview video here:

Hispanicize 2016 is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees from the fields of social media, journalism, marketing, music, film and entrepreneurship.

2016 Sponsors

In addition to Wells Fargo, as of today announced sponsors of Hispanicize 2016 include title sponsor Prudential Financial, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Comcast, MSNBC and NBC News, Pinterest, Alma, República, Sensis, Kelley Blue Book,, BTL Network, Paco Collective, BodenPR and Newlink Americas. Numerous other consumer, food and marketing brands will soon be revealed.

About Hispanicize
Now in its seventh year, Hispanicize 2016 Week ( (#Hispanicize16) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Hispanicize 2016 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 five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s InterContinental hotel, April 4-8, 2016.

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

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

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.