By Jimi Coplen, DCOH Executive Director
It’s that time of year again…time to launch your big idea and compete in the Springboard Competition. The elevator pitch competition will be held at the DCOH office on January 22, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. Participants must register.
Springboard began more than a decade ago as a competition to encourage and support entrepreneurship at Abilene Christian University, in the city of Abilene, and across the Big Country. Since its launch, Springboard has awarded more than $750,000 to aspiring entrepreneurs across the region and served as a platform to connect, train, encourage and highlight our regions startups. ACU’s Springboard is organized by the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy and made possible each year by a number of local organizations and businesses that sponsor the program.
This year the competition is broken up into some new categories. These are the category options for people in the Big County area.
New Ideas ($20,000) – This track promotes and rewards aspiring entrepreneurs with an early stage concept that demonstrates high potential. Teams simply need to pitch their idea on January 22, 2019, in Haskell in two minutes and be prepared to answer questions from a panel of judges. (Please register at acuspringboard.com under the New Ideas Track.)
Small Business ($10,000) – An opportunity for businesses focused on serving their local community here in the Big Country. This is for businesses less than 3 years old and may not have significant growth potential outside the local community. This is an online application that must be completed no later than March 1, 2019.
High School ($2,500) – Juniors and seniors in high school from across the region who have an idea for a business venture should sign up for this track. They will compete for funds by delivering an elevator pitch to a panel of local entrepreneurs and investors. Teams can be one to three people. Students interested can attend special training at the Griggs Center. (The dates have not been announced. Please visit asuspringboard.com for more information.)
Each track targets a different type of startup and has different eligibility criteria, deadlines, etc. Any community serviced by Workforce Solutions in Abilene is eligible to compete. To view the full packet of information, click the link below or call the DCOH at 940-864-3424. Also, if you wish to compete on January 22, 2019, please fill out a small registration form at acuspringboard.com or call the DCOH office and let us know.