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Finalists Selected for What’s the Big Idea 48-Hour Launch
By: 
Jessica Karsten
Date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Finalists Selected for What’s the Big Idea 48-Hour Launch

Six finalists have been chosen from a pool of 48 applicants to compete in the What’s the Big Idea 48-Hour Launch entrepreneurial competition. They will have only two days to kick start their own businesses and products during an intense startup boot camp.

“Once again, we had a great collection of applicants to choose from,” said Emily Skaar, director of entrepreneurship for the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center. “It’s so exciting to see the caliber of companies applying to What’s the Big Idea continue to rise.”

The weekend-long program will begin on Friday, Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. with the selected participants pitching their ideas to an audience of specialists and mentors. They will then be assigned a team to help them move their ideas from concept to launch-ready over the next two days. The finale pitch event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 24 at Scruffy City Hall from 6 – 8 p.m.

During the finale, each of the six finalists 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, which includes access to a $10,000 grant applicable to start-up reimbursement costs, office space, and complimentary business services.

“One of the reasons why we love What’s the Big Idea is the explosive growth that companies are able to experience over a weekend,” said Skaar. “It’s great to start the year off with such a high-energy program!”

What’s the Big Idea 48-Hour launch is presented by The Development Corporation of Knox County, the Knoxville Chamber, the KEC, and Tech 2020. The program is designed to inspire entrepreneurial action at the local level.

The Finalists:

ABA Pocket Interventions, Elizabeth GinderRyan Ginder & Brian Gill

An app and web-based program to make applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment implementation more parent and staff-friendly

Farm2Table, Jason Hanna & Doug McDaniel

A mobile web portal that aggregates locally-grown produce, providing a purchasing format and an online marketplace to connect local buyers with information and products

Grow Bioplastics, LLC, Tony Bova & Jeff Beegle

Improving agriculture by providing farmers a cost-competitive solution to oil-based multch films with renewable, biodegradable plastics

Impact Solutions, Don Den Uyl, Todd Daniell, & Thomas Hackbarth

Providing a proprietary method of fall detection to provide faster care response and improved outcomes in the home health, assisted living, and nursing home environment

ProseWire, Jonathan Holley, Stacy Holley, & Joshua Holley

A digital marketplace of content to connect publishers and writers

Switch Stream, Joe Consumo, Collin Bell, Greg Knox, & Brian Gajus

A live video-streaming app that allows users to view and control multiple live streams broadcasted from other app users within the same geo location 

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