StartUp MHK Basics (incase you missed it!)
What: Pitch Competition in Manhattan
When: October 20th 2018
Where: Peoples State Bank: 9370 E. US Hwy 24 Manhattan, KS 66502
Why: Provides an Opportunity for local startups to win seed money in hopes to further their business ideas
While other Manhattan locals were watching Netflix and enjoying a lazy Saturday, the entrepreneur community was hard at work refining their craft, networking, and competing for a $15,000 prize. And the results we AMAZING.
With the help of JNT, The Fellow & Peoples State Bank, we were able to make great strides in comparison to last year’s competition. Most notably, the First Place Prize went up 5,000 dollars from last year & we had an increased number of entries as well!
Austin Chauncy & Melanie Wertzberger with ‘AdviseMe’
2nd Place ($3,000):
Andy Theimer with ‘Feed Otter’
3rd Place ($2,000):
Chelsea Werdel with ‘Genie in a Bottle’
It was amazing to see the variety of businesses and concepts that came to pitch! An apple orchard, axe-throwing bar, cleaning service franchise, industrial drones, social media marketing, agriculture fertilizer pellets, and B2B software solution; just to name a few. - It ended up being a pretty long day, but was a lot of fun to talk with entrepreneurs in Manhattan about their aspirations.
Our Panel of judges played a huge role in the success of this event, with their advice & questions for the Entrepreneurs they were able to give contestants more than just a pitch competition. Contestants were able to leave the competition feeling like they learned about the business industry. The Judges ultimately loved all the finalists & then some because years top 7 Pitches were all within a few points.
Oscar Montenegro of Aspen Business Group
Tim Weddle of Keating and Associates
Brandi Miller, CEO of Kansas Cooperative Council
Tom Hintz of Varney and Associates
Last years StartUp MHK Winner: Chris Zachary of Pivvot
JNT wanted to give another big thank you to all the sponsors.