The fifth annual entrepreneur event is sponsored by Stoneridge Software, Barnesville Economic Development Authority, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, DBS, Inc., Midwest Bank and West Central Initiative.
In-kind donations provided by CEO Solutions, J & J Braton Properties, Barnesville Main Street and Shirts from Fargo.
Have you ever wanted to be on Shark Tank? We are looking for entrepreneurs who want a boost in the world of business ownership to participate in a “Business Pitch Contest,” held in Barnesville, MN. Finalists will compete for cash prizes and loan eligibility in a Business Pitch Presentation on Wednesday, October 10 at Barnesville Old City Hall Chambers. Deadline for entries will be Friday, September 14. Nominations are reviewed by contest sponsors and finalists will be chosen. All finalists will receive presentation coaching. Awards and entry rules are listed below.
At the presentation event on Wednesday, October 10, each presenter will have five minutes to present their business idea to the 3-person panel of judges. The judges will have four minutes to ask questions to understand more about the viability of the business. At the completion of the pitches, the judges will award the top two finishers and present them with cash awards. There will also be a “People’s Choice” award which will be voted on by the public via an online survey at www.facebook.com/barnesvillebusinesspitch.
“Spark Your Startup was an amazing opportunity to pitch our business idea of Protosthetics. It was great to hear feedback from the panel of judges and the community of entrepreneurs in Barnesville. This experience will definitely help take our idea for affordable prosthetics to realization.”
– Cooper Bierscheid, co-founder of Protosthetics & 2015 Spark Your Startup Business Pitch Winner.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Spark Your Startup event!Business Pitch Contest Presentation Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Old City Hall – Community Room, 2nd Level 101 Front St S, Barnesville, MN 56514
- $1,500 Cash
- $10,000 Forgivable Loan, business mentoring available
- Free t-shirts with winner’s logo, provided by Shirts from Fargo.
- One month free rent from J & J Braton Properties
- One year free membership from Barnesville Main Street
- $500 Cash
- $250 Cash (this could be in addition to other prize money if a top two finisher)
There is no requirement that the top finishers open a business in Barnesville, MN. However, the first place winner will be offered a $10,000 forgivable loan if they choose to open a business within the city by March 1, 2019. *Loan recipients must also meet additional eligibility requirements. Those who open a business in Barnesville can also take advantage of the Business Incentives program which provides (among other things) free utility set up and base charges for an entire year.