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Special Event | Pitch Competition, $1,500 in Prize Money!

2016 Stand-Up for Your Start-Up Pitch Competition
Lexington’s Version of Shark Tank

Sponsored by the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network And the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center

Date: November 18, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Commerce Lexington 1st Floor, 330 East Main Street (Downtown Lexington)

Twelve to fourteen companies/individuals from the Bluegrass Region will be selected to make five minute pitches about their idea and/or technology/product to a panel of experienced judges.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • not have pitched the idea or company in a previous Standup for Your Start-up Pitch Competition
  • be located in Fayette, Scott, Anderson, Franklin, Jessamine, Bourbon, and Woodford counties
  • be an idea or an early stage company and not have raised more than $25,000 in third party equity investment

The first place winner will be presented with the Dick Furst Award for $1,000, with $500 being presented to the team that finishes second in the judges scoring.

Pitches will be limited to five minutes, with judges Q&A to follow.

When you have completed the application and are ready to submit it for consideration, please email it to Eric Hartman – eric.hartman@uky.edu.

Pitch applicants must submit their application and a draft of their five-minute “PowerPoint” presentation by COB on November 9th.

Those applicants selected to pitch will be notified by November 14th.