What’s the Big Idea?! business plan competition, presented by the Development Corporation, the Knoxville Chamber, and Tech 2020, has narrowed its contestant pool down from 12 to nine following Team Selection Night on May 6.
During Team Selection Night, this year’s coaches – Misty Mayes, president of Management Solutions; Guille Cruze, founder and CEO of The White Stone Group Inc.; and John Sharpe, founder and president of StaffSource LLC – had the opportunity to hear five-minute pitches from 12 contestants. After the pitches, each chose three contestants to be on their teams.
The coaches, who are all successful entrepreneurs, will spend the next month helping the contestants refine their ideas and pitches, and preparing them for the What’s the Big Idea?! Knock Out Rounds on June 3. The Knock Out Rounds will produce three finalist who will move on to the Finale on June 24 and one step closer to winning the grand prize package, which includes $10,000 towards expenses for starting their business.
2014 What’s the Big Idea?! Teams
Theresa Maples, ElderTech
Christopher Saah, MyPTShop
Andrew Randazzo, Prime Medical Training
John Cook, International House Works
Daniel Schuh, Compark
Casey Ash, Retailius
Team Sharpe (Coach John Sharpe)
Martin Wade, FlowSink
Michael Crain, Vuture
Brack Owens, AmpTrader