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Budding and Seasoned ENTREPRENEURS from the Six County Region are invited to pitch their Business Concepts and Product Ideas to a group of judges from the business, investment, and entertainment community.
The presentation is made to judges during individual, confidential sessions for a chance to win cash, prizes, advertising, and professional small business consultation designed to turn the idea into reality.
Eligible participants will have five (5) minutes to set up, five (5) minutes to “pitch” a business idea that could be developed in the one of the participating counties, and five (5) additional minutes to field questions from our judges.
Changing lives in 900 seconds or less - Haley Haverback
A process whereby an entrepreneur convinces, in fifteen minutes or less, a bunch of strangers to invest in an idea - Russell Medley
A very short story about creation - Jenny Garner
A fast pitch is putting your mouth where the money is - David Dyer
The competition will be fun. Even if a participant doesn't win, it is a way to validate their idea, network with other entrepreneurs, and access additional resources as they start their business journey - Jim Boyd
If you missed the initial informational meetings, check below for new ones coming up in 2018.
Meetings will include helpful information on how to create your Fast Pitch as well as presentation tips and help with the registration process.
This year's contest will be held at the Alpha United Methodist Church located at 211 N. Scandia Street, Alpha, IL 61413
Here are some winners from the 2012 and 2015 seasons...
Doug Hafner of Hafner's Fantastic Creations, Wyoming, IL
Winners of the 2015 Henry and Stark Counties Fast Pitch: (from left front) Runner up: Jessica Jackson, Spoon River Design, Toulon, IL; Grand Prize: Amy DeFauw, Katsch, Geneseo, IL; Runner Up: Stephanie Freeman, The Butter Churn, Woodhull; (back row) Marketing Winner: Chris Colomer, Flex-Court, Kewanee, IL; Judge’s Award: Jennifer Douglas, Jennifer’s Yoga Journey, Atkinson, IL.