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Weekend edition February 23, 2024 | Katelyn Keenehan

KEC announced judges for ‘What’s the Big Idea’ pitch competition

The 2024 'What's The Big Idea' Pitch Competition will be held at Scruffy City Hall in Market Square on Sunday, March 3rd.

The Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center’s (KEC) ‘What’s the Big Idea’ competition is quickly approaching, and six companies have been selected to pitch on stage (see teknovation.biz article here).

On Thursday, KEC announced the three esteemed judges for the competition: Rosa Mar, Charley Bible, and Brenna Hale.

Rosa Mar retired in 2012 after a 27-year career with Levi Strauss & Co where she held various executive management positions, the last being the Global Sourcing Manager. She serves on several non-profit boards including Pellissippi Community State Foundation, Leadership Knoxville Facilitation Committee, WDVX radio station, HoLa Hora Latina Cultural Organization, and the Knox History Project. Mar came out of retirement briefly from 2014 to 2016 to fill the CEO role for the

Charley Bible is the Vice President of Business Development for KaTom Restaurant Supply. The family-owned company is the sixth largest in the restaurant supply industry. Bible earned an MBA from UT’s Haslam College of Business in 2015 and is a Leadership Knoxville graduate. He was named to the News Sentinel’s 2020 40 Under 40 list and received the 2022 Accomplished Young Industry Leader Award. He is extensively involved in the community, including with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Mend House of Knoxville.

Breanna Hale is the Executive Director for the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Coming from Utah Valley University’s Entrepreneurship Institute, she brings vast experience in developing entrepreneurship programming, building a network of mentors and resources for emerging entrepreneurs, and increasing business funding. She has served on the boards of Tech Coast Venture Network, WeAngels, and the Mountainland Association of Governments Revolving Loan Fund.

You can read more about the What’s the Big Idea pitch competition, contestants, and judges on the KEC website.


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