Pitch Programs at *Noted

April 27th, 2023

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco

*Noted Pitch Programs are where makers have a chance to WOW buyers. 

The highlight of *Noted will certainly once again be our Pitch Programs, which gives selected makers the opportunity to each pitch their line in a brief session with a panel of invited retailers.  The first five editions—live in Brooklyn in 2019 and San Francisco in 2022, the virtual Black Makers Pitch Program in 2020, and at the virtual *Noted events in 2020 and 2021—generated significant business growth for makers and retailers alike, so, at the request of makers and retailers alike, we are once again offering four Pitch Programs in San Francisco.

The 2023 *Noted Pitch Programs will take place LIVE at *Noted the morning of Thursday, April 27, 2023 before the show floor opens. A group of retailers will be walked to your exhibit space for you to give your pitch in-person.

Pitch programs are available only to *Noted exhibitors.

The cost to participate is $250. Scholarships are available for makers applying to the New and Makers of Color program. 

Signing up for a Pitch Program does not guarantee you a Pitch. Qualified Pitchers will be chosen via a lottery system. Those selected for each Pitch Program will be contacted the week of March 13th.

2023 Pitch Programs:

  • Land Key AccountsGetting your cards in front of the right decision makers at key accounts is something with which many Makers, new and established, struggle. The cost to participate is $250. Apply Here.
  • Pitch Your Line –  This is it – your opportunity to pitch your vision, your brand, and your cards. Your story is what makes your cards stand out, so prep that elevator speech and get ready to tell your story and make a splash. The cost to participate is $250. Apply Here.
  • Find New Makers – Retailers are always looking for a fresh selection of cards from up-and-coming new Makers. If you’ve been in business for three years or less, this program is for you. This pitch program will be scholarship-based, so the winners of the scholarship will have the $250 fee waived. Apply Here.
  • Discover Makers of Color – GCA recognizes the systematic boundaries that have limited the voices, impressions, and reach of Makers of Color.  As a community, we must continue to learn, adaptand highlight these Makers to push industry inclusion, belonging, and representation. This pitch program will be scholarship-based, so the winners of the scholarship will have the $250 fee waived. Apply Here.

2023 Pitch Program Timeline:

  • January 30, 2023: Applications open (scholarships AND others)
  • February 27, 2023: Applications close
  • Week of March 13, 2023: All pitchers contacted and announced
  • Week of April 3, 2023: Virtual training/Q&A sessions
  • April 27, 2023: Live pitches between 9-10 am

2023 Pitch Program Receivers

Our committee is hard at work inviting and confirming the buyers and retailers who will watch the pitches. Check out the confirmed list below. We are adding more every day!

  • Alex Beritzhoff, Folio
  • Cynthia Brown, Meijer
  • Dan Collier, Daniel Richards Group
  • Kevin Esselstrom, Rock Paper Scissor
  • Andrew Gawdun, Curious
  • Greta Heida, Air Co.
  • Heather MacDermott, Excelsior Rep Network
  • Chelsea Shukov, Sugar Paper
  • Audrey Woollen, Urbanic Paper

Questions about our Pitch Programs? Email us!