Encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation at the local level is one strategy for building a successful and thriving community. To that end, The Creative Coast recently co-hosted FastPitch 2011. Our partners were ATDC (the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech Savannah) and the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning & Leadership at Georgia Southern University. Entrepreneurs and startups from throughout the region were invited to submit applications to compete. We received more than 100 applications, and 45 were selected as competitors for the program. The majority of our participants were local, butwe hosted competitors from as far away as Charleston, Atlanta, and Jacksonville.