Think you have a Big Idea for a new product or business?
Tell us about it and you may be selected as a participant in What’s The Big Idea 48-Hour Launch, presented by The Development Corporation of Knox County, the Knoxville Chamber, and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center.
Here is how it works….
Apply To Participate
The application deadline for 2015 has passed. Please check back in December for information on the 2016 competition.
A committee of judges will select six participants for the 48-Hour Launch which will be held January 23-25. Participants will be selected based on the potential for success of their product or business.
The weekend-long boot camp will kick-off on Friday, January 23 at 6 p.m. with each of the six participants pitching their ideas to an audience of specialists and mentors. After all of the participants have pitched their ideas, they will be assigned a team of people who will help them move their idea from concept to launch-ready over the next two days.
What’s the Big Idea Finale
On Sunday, January 25 at 6 p.m., each of the participants will pitch their refined ideas to a panel of judges and an overall winner will be selected.
The winner will receive a Big Idea Launch Package that includes access to a $10,000 grant applicable towards start-up reimbursement costs, office space, and complimentary business services. The winner must complete the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center's CO.STARTER Program in order to tap into the cash grant.