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January 13, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Applications now open for annual “What’s the Big Idea 48 Hour Launch”

Applications are now being accepted until February 4 for the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center‘s (KEC) 14th annual “What’s the Big Idea 48 Hour Launch.”

The accelerator-style competition is designed to inspire entrepreneurial action by bringing together bright minds in early March to participate in an intensive period of prototyping, community building, planning, incubation, and launching. The winning idea will be advanced to KEC’s “CO.STARTER” program and will be eligible for up to $10,000 in business-launch reimbursement costs after completing the program.

“We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing back a widely popular aspect of the competition this year – Public Voting, “KEC noted in its announcement. Once the application deadline passes, the KEC team will ask a select number of companies to submit a two-minute pitch. Then, starting February 14, the public will be able to vote on their favorite companies and ideas.

“The number of public votes a company receives will have an impact on the final teams selected for the official competition,” KEC added. The weekend event begins March 4 with the finale set for Sunday, March 6.

KEC described ideal applicants as individuals : (1) with a concept or a new enterprise in the seed capital, start-up, or pre-revenue stages; (2) at least 18 years of age; and (3) with a concept that could lead to potential growth and job creation in the Knoxville area that includes the eight contiguous counties.

More details and a link to the application can be found here.

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