Biz Foundry launches fifth edition of “My Big Idea” program

The Biz Foundry in Cookeville reports that the organization kicked-off the fall edition of “My Big Idea” last week with a trip to Avery Trace.

The youth innovation and entrepreneurship program is a regional business “pitch” competition with a heavy emphasis placed on the students generating ideas important to them. “My Big Idea” is offered to high school (and now middle school) students across (and beyond) the Upper Cumberland’s 14 counties. With the help of community sponsors and donors, the program is offered at no cost to the school systems and to the students.

More than 500 students have been exposed to the latest tools and techniques to generate, evaluate, and develop their own ideas into workable business models in the previous four rounds of programming. So far, more than $4,000 in prize money has been awarded to the students over the past two school years.

For more information, to become a sponsor, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, contact Program Director Mike Ames (

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