My Big Idea kicked off the fall semester with a trip to Avery Trace this past Wednesday.
My Big Idea! is a youth innovation & entrepreneurship program developed and hosted by The Biz Foundry, the not-for-profit Entrepreneur Center for the Upper Cumberland Region, partnered with the Governor's LaunchTN Initiative. The program is a regional business "pitch" competition - think "Shark-Tank", where a heavy emphasis is placed on the students generating ideas important to them. This program is offered to high school (and now middle school) students across (and beyond) the Upper Cumberland's 14 counties. With the help of community sponsors and donors, the program is offered at no cost to the school systems, or to the students.
This Fall we kicked off our 5th round of the program, having already exposed more than 500 students to the latest tools and techniques to generate, evaluate, and develop the students' own ideas into workable business models. So far, more than $4,000 in prize money has been awarded to the students over the past two school years.
This Fall we have scheduled more than 20 day-long, in-school sessions with the potential to serve another 500+ students. Those students who complete the one day, in-school, idea development workshop are invited to build and bring their presentation to the Regional Competition to pitch their idea to a panel of judges pulled from local business leaders interested in helping develop a stronger entrepreneurial community.
This Fall's Regional Finale event is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th at Prescott South Middle School in Cookeville. Like the in-school sessions, there is no shortage of snacks, sodas, and pizza - the fuel of future entrepreneurs. It's a fun day filled with hard work, great ideas, and amazing presentations from our future business leaders.
For more information, to become a sponsor, or to make a tax-deductible contribution contact Program Director, Mike Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org