Spark your startup! Entrepreneurs are invited to give their startup idea a jolt with Barnesville’s Business Pitch Contest. Stoneridge Software, Dean’s Bulk Service, Crown Appraisals and the Barnesville Economic Development Authority are sponsoring a Barnesville Business Pitch Contest. The competition presentations will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22 at Old City Hall council chambers during the annual Potato Days Festival. The startup idea is not required to be located in Barnesville, though many business incentives, loans and assistance for businesses are available in the community.
Entrants must fill out an online application at stoneridgesoftware.com/businesspitch or barnesvillemn.com/businesspitch. Deadline for entries is Friday, Aug. 8. Once applicants are evaluated, the top five ideas will be chosen and displayed online as well as featured in the Old City Hall Council Chambers during Potato Days.
Winners will be chosen after presenting a five-minute pitch in front of a judge’s panel, which includes the entrepreneur sponsors of the contest. Judges will have four minutes to ask questions and then score each entrant. Winners will receive up to a $1,000 cash prize, as well as mentoring hours. A people’s choice winner will also be awarded via online voting.
For information on awards, guidelines, rules and submission form please go to stoneridgesoftware.com/businesspitch or barnesvillemn.com/businesspitch.