6 County Fast Pitch - Henry, Mercer, Stark, Henderson, Warren and Knox Counties
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A team of local economic development leaders are planning a 6 County Fast Pitch Competition in March 2018 to provide entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn their ideas into new businesses or products that will be based in Henry, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Stark, or Warren Counties.
Similar to what’s seen on “Shark Tank” the 6 County Fast Pitch Competition consists of presentation made to judges during individual, confidential sessions for a chance to win over $125,000 in prizes that include cash, advertising, and professional small business consultation that will help them turn their idea into reality. Eligible participants will get to “pitch” a business idea that could be developed in one of the participating counties to judges with business, investment, development, and marketing backgrounds. “We’ve had success doing this is the past, helping 11 new businesses start, existing businesses grow, and new products get started.” said Russell Medley, Community and Economic Development Educator who helped organize the Henry and Stark Fast Pitch Competitions in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Register online or call UI Extension Community and Economic Development Educators Carrie McKillip serving Henderson, Knox and Warren Counties at (309) 342-5108 or Russell Medley serving Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties at (309) 756-9978.
- The 2018 contest will take place on March 14, 2018.
- Applications to enter the competition are due by January 31, 2018.
- Practice Sessions for those selected will take place on February 12, with professionals helping candidates hone their presentation skills.
More information can also be found on the 6 County Fast Pitch Website.