Spark your startup! Entrepreneurs are invited to give their startup idea a jolt with Barnesville’s third annual Business Pitch Contest. Stoneridge Software, Crown Appraisals, the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, DBS, Inc., Protosthetics, and the Barnesville Economic Development Authority are sponsoring a Barnesville Business Pitch Contest. In-kind donations provided by Eide Bailly and Heat Transfer Warehouse.
Entrants must fill out an online application at www.stoneridgesoftware.com/businesspitch. Deadline for entries is Thursday, Sept. 15. Once applicants are evaluated, the top entries will be picked.
Finalists will present 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 by sponsors. A people’s choice winner will also be awarded via online voting.
The competition presentations will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6th at Old City Hall council chambers in Barnesville, Minn. Presentations are open to the public.
The startup idea is not required to be located in Barnesville, though a $10,000 forgivable loan is available to the winner, should they choose to locate a business within the city.
View details on awards, guidelines, rules and submission form.