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TAKE YOUR IDEA FROM THE MINORS

TO THE MAJORS

In three minutes, local entrepreneurs and innovators pitch their business concepts, product or invention to a panel of judges from the business and investment community. We know there are very creative and interesting concepts from people in our region, this competition will showcase those ideas and offer what it takes to advance them.

The BIG Idea Pitch Competition is your chance to prove the potential of your business idea…meet people who can help you succeed…maybe even win a cash prize! Competitors will have three minutes max to “hit it out of the park” before our panel of judges.

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!

1st Place  |  Scott Massey – Hydro-Grow Grobot

Congratulations to Scott Massey of Hydro Grow for finishing in first place at the Innovation Connector’s “Big Idea Pitch” competition.  Scott’s company, Hydro Grow, is currently developing a prototype called a Grobot, which can grow food indoors in an aesthetically appealing, aero-ponic appliance. The Grobot is completely automated to eliminate both user maintenance and the user’s dependence on grocery stores for produce.

2nd Place  |  Travis Hickey – Vacuums Are Just the Beginning

Travis Hickey took second place in the Innovation Connector’s “Big Idea Pitch” competition on November 15th. Travis developed a full-sized cordless vacuum with a new type of DC motor that runs at full power for over an hour, and recharges very quickly. Congratulations, Travis!

3rd Place  |  Ashley & Robert Runkle – Smallmark Creations

Ashley and Robert Runkle of Smallmark Creations placed third in the Innovation Connector’s “Big Idea Pitch” competition on November 15th. Smallmark Creations is a high-end greeting card company that will produce kits that include everything needed for kids to create their very own special-occasion cards and keepsakes, providing  fun, hands-on activities.

4th Place  |  Kyle Parker & Mark Caravello – The Traveler

Kyle Parker won fourth place at the Innovation Connector’s “Big Idea Pitch” competition on November 15th.  Kyle developed “The Traveler,” a mobile application with a companion website that easily captures, organizes and shares vacation experiences. Congratulations, Kyle!

5th Place  |  Sandy Brown & Jerry Mack – Hook ‘n Ladder Pizza

Sandy Brown and Jerry Mack finished in fifth place at the Innovation Connector’s “Big Idea Pitch” competition on November 15th with their idea to bring fresh-made pizza to various outdoor events via a historic firetruck. This attention-getting firetruck is equipped with a 48-inch brick oven and can serve 180 pizzas per hour. Congratulations to Hook ‘n Ladder Pizza!

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 five BIG Idea Pitch Finalists will receive 4 Tickets to the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet to be held on November 15, 2016 at the Horizon Convention Center.

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 five BIG Idea Pitch Finalists will receive 4 Tickets to the Excellence in Innovation Awards Banquet to be held on November 15, 2016 at the Horizon Convention Center.

A big thank you to our 2016 sponsors!

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For more information contact us at 765-285-4900 / tbaker@innovationconnector.com

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