[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Governor Steve Beshear announced on Wednesday that he will put on the same size suit as Mark Cuban and host eight “Shark Tank” style regional pitch competitions throughout Kentucky. The applicants will be representing their business ideas to a group of local angel investors, individuals who provide capital for start up companies. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to present their business plans to the entire Kentucky Angel Investors Network (Kentucky Angels) in Frankfort.
“The next great idea can come from anyone,” said Gov. Beshear. “As a state, we need to support these visionaries and provide them the tools to turn their vision into a reality, including the financial means to get started. I look forward to seeing more small businesses and new jobs come to life as a result of these competitions.”
The events will take place in Ashland, Pikeville, Murray, Elizabethtown, Richmond, Covington, Lexington and Louisville.
Ashland: June 3, 2014, Ignite Accelerator, 1100 Greenup Ave., 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Pikeville: June 10, 2014, Coleman College of Business, UPIKE, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Murray: June 17, 2014, Heritage Hall, Murray State University, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Elizabethtown: June 19, 2014, Brown-Pusey House, 128 North Main St., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Richmond: June 20, 2014, Central Bank Community Room, 350 West Main St., 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Louisville: July 23, 2014, Greater Louisville Inc., 614 West Main St., Suite 6000, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Lexington: Sept. 24, 2014, Commerce Lexington, 330 East Main St., Suite 100, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
More info can be found in the Press Release
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