The Big Idea Kearney competition is accepting pitches for new businesses or services.
The Economic Development Council of Buffalo County, Invest Nebraska Corp., and Center for Rural Research and Development (CRRD) in the University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Business and Technology are sponsoring the 6th annual event.
Lisa Tschauner, CRRD assistant director, says anyone 13 years and older may submit a two minute video pitch.
The top ten will present ideas before judges and small cash prices are awarded for first, second, and third places.
“Nobody is going to create a full-blown business with a thousand dollars,” Tschauner tells Nebraska Radio Network. “What it’s doing is creating the energy and atmosphere for business creation in central Nebraska. That’s our goal with this competition.”
Video pitches should be uploaded to YouTube as an unlisted video and the URL submitted HERE by Oct. 31, 2016.
“We really want to encourage people who have ideas to share them with people like me and the rest of our team,” Tschauner says, “who are able to help them get in touch with the right people to turn their idea into a potential business.”
Past winning ideas include an ultra-violet light cleaner and a virtual reality app.
“Ultimately, five or ten years down the road, there will be jobs that come out of that,” Tschauner says. “That will keep people in our area and bring more business our way.”
In addition to the monetary awards, sponsors are putting together a prize package of in-kind services from local professionals who can help start-ups.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:36]