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UI Extension is holding an Information Meeting January 23 at 6 pm at their Galva office about the 6 County Fast Pitch Coming to Henry, Mercer, Stark, Henderson, Warren and Knox Counties

A team of local economic development leaders are planning a 6 County Fast Pitch Competition in March 2018 to provide entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn their ideas into reality. The initiative is open to new businesses or products that will be based in Henry, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Stark, or Warren Counties.  Similar to what’s seen on “Shark Tank” the 6 County Fast Pitch Competition consists of presentation made to judges during individual, confidential sessions for a chance to win a portion of $125,000 in prizes that include cash, advertising, and professional small business consultation that will help them turn their idea into reality. Eligible participants will get to “pitch” a business idea that could be developed in one of the participating counties to judges with business, investment, development, and marketing backgrounds. 

To find out more about the upcoming competition, interested participants are invited to attend an information session at the Henry/Stark County Extension office at 358 Front Street, Galva, IL on Tuesday, January 23 from 6 – 7 pm.  
At the information sessions they will receive contest details, business plan  resources, and meet the coaches.  You can register for the information meeting at University of Illinois Extension’s or call the office at (309) 932-3447.


The Fast Pitch Contest will take place on March 14, 2018. Applications to enter the contest are due by January 31st. Mock/Practice sessions for eligible participants will take place on February 12, giving them a chance to hone their pitch and get advice before their final presentation during the contest.

You can also find out more details about the Fast Pitch at the website.


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