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The BIG Idea Pitch:

Where entrepreneurs and innovators pitch their business concepts, product, or invention to a panel of judges from our business and investment community. There are very creative and interesting concepts from people in our region – this competition showcases those ideas and offers what it takes to advance them.

The BIG Idea Pitch Competition gives people the chance to prove the potential of their business idea, meet people who can help them succeed, and some even win a cash prize!

Competitors have just three minutes to Pitch before our panel of judges. All competitors receive valuable exposure to business leaders & potential mentors and local awareness. In total, the night’s winners receive nearly $30,000 in cash and business support services awarded between the 5 finalists!

The BIG Idea Pitch Finals & Excellence in Innovation Awards:
November 14th, 2018 at the Horizon Convention Center

The Final Competition took place at the Excellence in Innovations Awards at the Horizon Convention Center. Attendees heard presentations from the five finalists from The BIG Idea Pitch Competition – each was given three minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of distinguished judges. The final results were revealed at the end of the night, with prize packages up to $30,000 in cash and services awarded to these “ideators”.

First Place Winner Prize Package

Prize money:   $5,000 (Winner must sign a W-9 IRS form)

Six months of access to the Innovation Connector (Secure co-working space, 24/7 access, & open space)

On-site business coaching services at the Innovation Connector for six months – by appointment (Ted Baker, IC Director, Business Consultant/Coach – 765.285.4900 / tbaker@innovationconnector.com)

Consultation accounting sessions with local CPA firm, Whitinger & Company LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, COO – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

Branding and/or marketing sessions with Whitinger Strategic Services LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, Managing Director – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

Business Legal Issues consultation with Defur Voran – 400 S. Walnut St., Muncie, IN (Contact James Borgmann, Attorney – 765.288.3651 / jborgmann@defur.com)

All BIG Idea Pitch Finalists will receive 4 Tickets to the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet to be held on November 14, 2018.

Second, Third, Fourth, & Fifth Place Winners Prize Package

Prize Money (Winner must sign a W-9 IRS Form):

  • 2nd Place: $2,500
  • 3rd Place: $2,000
  • 4th Place: $1,500
  • 5th Place: $1,000

On-site business coaching services at the Innovation Connector for six months – by appointment (Ted Baker, IC Director, Business Consultant/Coach – 765.285.4900 / tbaker@innovationconnector.com)

Consultation accounting sessions with local CPA firm, Whitinger & Company LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, COO – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

Branding and/or marketing sessions with Whitinger Strategic Services LLC – Muncie (Contact Richard Crist, Managing Director – 765.284.3384 / rcrist@whitinger.com)

All BIG Idea Pitch Finalists will receive 4 Tickets to the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet to be held on November 14, 2018.

Congratulations to last year’s winners!

1st Place  |  Sydney Conn & Leena Vyas – The Breeze Charger

Sydney & Leena, high school juniors, came up with the idea of the Breeze Charger as part of a class science fair project.  Now after many iterations and two patent pending filings, this device generates enough power via slow moving vehicles (rickshaws, etc.)  to re-charge cell phones.  Charging cell phones is a common problem in under-developed countries where cell phones are prominent and electricity is not dependable.  This idea coupled with a perfected and energetic pitch presentation won these two young ladies first place in the 2017 BIG Idea Pitch Competition and $5,000 cash and many business services.

2nd Place  |  Rhett Barker  –  Flipside Mobile Car Wash LLC

3rd Place  |  Paul Fabrick  –  PRCR Industries LLC, Gutter Clutter Cleaner

4th Place  |  Connor Bielat  –  SPP Camp

5th Place  |  Wesley Crouch  –  TüDr Mobile App

6th Place  |  Amanda & Kyle Reninger  –  Sea Salt & Cinnamon

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