How it works

Anyone in the 10-counties surrounding Charlotte can submit an idea. It only takes a minute.

  • Ideas can be submitted thru May 31, 2021.
  • Entry is limited to residents in the following NC counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union.
  • Employees of participating community colleges in the Southwest region are not eligible to participate.
  • June 11, 2021 the 53 finalists are announced.
  • Finalist will receive a monetary award and have an opportunity to receive training and coaching to prepare for the next round.
  • The week of July 19, 2021 the 53 finalists will pitch and top 10 semi-finalists will be selected.  
  • July 26, 2021 the top ten semi-finalists will be announced.
  • August 12, 2021 virtual Pitch Day - the top ten compete for first, second and third place.

Awards

  • First place winner $10,000
  • Second place winner $  5,000
  • Third place winner $  2,500
  • Top 10 finalists $     250
  • Top 53 finalists $       50

Pitch Day - Thursday, August 12

Join the livestreamed event to watch and cheer on the top ten finalists in this year's competition! Who will take the top spot and earn $10,000? Register now to view the finale.                                                             

Training Events

Our goal is not only to help you perfect your pitch but to help you learn how to turn your idea into a viable business. As part of this initiative we will have a period for preparation leading up to the round two pitches which will include no cost training and counseling.


53 Ideas: Customer Discovery
Monday, June 14
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                                                              


53 Ideas: Understanding the Pitch
Thursday, June 17
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

                                                                 


53 Ideas: Business Model Canvas
Tuesday, June 22
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
                                                              


53 Ideas: Figuring Out Your Financials
Thursday, June 24
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

                                                             


53 Ideas: Your Business Bankable    
Tuesday, June 29
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

53 Ideas: Developing Your Pitch          
Thursday, July 1
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 


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