Big Idea Competition Down to 12 Quarterfinalists

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Dozens of business pitches have been whittled down to 12 quarterfinalists that will advance in the unique What's the Big Idea!? Business Plan Competition.

What's the Big Idea!? is sponsored by Rodefer Moss, The Development Corporation of Knox County, the Knoxville Chamber, and Tech 20/20

“Nurturing start-ups and small businesses is a big part of what we do."

After sifting through dozens of applications, the Knoxville Chamber, The Development Corporation of Knox County, and Tech 20/20 are proud to present this year’s quarterfinalists in the What’s the Big Idea!? Business Plan Competition. The competition is sponsored by Rodefer Moss and Company.

“All of the applications were very impressive and we’re excited to move forward with these twelve quarterfinalists,” Todd Napier, executive vice president of The Development Corporation said. “Nurturing start-ups and small businesses is a big part of what we do and we’re proud to have Rodefer Moss, the Knoxville Chamber, and Tech 20/20 helping inspire entrepreneurs.”

The 12 quarterfinalists are:

Casenova Backpack
    Innovative backpack design

Dine Touch
    Smartphone integration of the dining experience

Energy Video Game
    Energy awareness video game

Games Plus
    Mobile video gaming theater

IdentID
    Web-based credentialing service to assist emergency responders

Infinite Aero Solutions
    Unmanned aerial vehicles for law enforcement agencies

Line Shark
    Professional audio output for mobile devices

Megnetics
    Shoe appearance alteration product

Perpetual Inventory
    Perpetual inventory counting device for high volume SKUs

Squish
    Silicon water bottle for easy travel and use

Virtuous Products
    “Sedonite” product for counter top industry and outdoor furniture industry

Winning Diabetics
    Multi-lingual diabetic network and affordable diabetic product brand

Each quarterfinalist now advances to a series of courses led by community business leaders with a focus on developing an effective business plan that is ready to present to venture capitalists. Six semifinalists will be identified following judging of an executive summary and will then pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

The final round of judging will take place on June 14 at the Square Room on Market Square from 5-7 p.m. The three finalists will pitch their ideas to a final set of judges and a live audience. The winner will also be announced at the event.

The winning entrepreneur will be eligible for more than $35,000 in capital and business services including:

  •     $10,000 cash grant for start-up costs
  •     $15,000 potential equity investment by Oak Ridge National Laboratory & CROET
  •     One-year's rent at the Fairview Technology Center
  •     Services provided by: Rodefer Moss & Company (accounting), CEO Advisors (business coaching), The IT Company & Digital Crossing Networks (IT hosting and services), Kathleen Zitzman (legal services), Knoxville Chamber (membership), and Tech2020 (business coaching)

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