"THE NEXT BIG THING" ENTREPRENEUR SEARCH COMPETITION 

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COMPETITION RULES

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Eligibility

You must provide proof of business incorporation verifying that you are a business established within the past year from your date of contest entry .

 

Contest Rules

  • All participants must submit an initial video pitch not to exceed 90 seconds to: info@hedcoinc.com. In the subject line, indicate: “Video Pitch (Insert Business Name).

  •  There is a two-week contest submission period between May 7-May 21, 2021

  • All video submissions must be received no later than 11:59PM on May 21, 2021 for consideration.

  • Each participant must be available and willing to present their idea through an in-person final round if selected to that stage. All CDC, local and state COVID-19 guidelines and protocols will be followed for any meeting held in conjunction with this contest.

  • The maximum number of persons allowed to participate in a pitch presentation during any round is limited to two.

  • The person(s) pitching must be the actual business owner(s).

  • The proposing party may only pitch one business idea during this contest

Contest Format

  • Round 1: 90-second video pitch submission – Due Friday, May 21, 2021. The video pitches will be reviewed by a selection committee. Five finalists will be named and notified by May 28, 2021. Those finalists must submit a business plan by Friday, June 4, 2021 to con- tinue in the subsequent contest rounds

  • Round 2: Five Finalist Round – The five finalists will provide a live virtual five-minute (expanded) pitch to a panel of evaluators. The finalists will participate in a lightning round of questions posed by the panelists on Friday, June 11, 2021. A winner may be se- lected from this round. In the event of difficult deliberation, the panel may bring forth any final candidates for an in-person (final) round, to make a final decision on Friday, June 18, 2021.

  • Round 3: Final Round – Selected finalists will have an opportunity to do a final in-person 10-minute pitch to our panel of evaluators on June 18, 2021 (if necessary).

HEDCO INC The Next Big Thing Competition

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