The contestant pool for the What’s the Big Idea?! business plan competition was narrowed down from 15 to nine at Team Selection Night on Tuesday evening. Inspired by the hit television show The Voice, Team Selection Night adds a new dimension to this year’s competition – engaging successful, local entrepreneurs as coaches for the contestants. After hearing five minute pitches from 14 contestants, the coaches – Parker Frost, founder of Gigmark Interactive; John Tolsma, owner of Knowledge Launch; and Jimmy Rodefer, CEO of Rodefer Moss & Company, PLLC – each chose three contestants for their teams.
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The three coaches, who are all past recipients of the Knoxville Chamber’s Pinnacle Young Entrepreneur Award, will have one month to mentor their team members before the contestants face-off in the Knock Out Competition on June 3.
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The Knoxville Chamber is the region’s leading business organization with more than 2,000 members that employ more than 276,000 individuals. More than 80 percent of Chamber members are small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. It fulfills its mission of Driving Regional Economic Prosperity by recruiting new businesses and supporting existing companies, and manages Innovation Valley, a regional economic development initiative. The organization actively advocates on the behalf of the business community. Members receive marketing, networking, professional development benefits, and many other cost-effective services. For more information visit www.knoxvillechamber.com.