PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee Condition University’s Kricker Innovation Hub (KIH) hosted their inaugural Ignite Portsmouth: Entrepreneurial Journey Boot Camp and Pitch Competitors at the finish of final thirty day period. Eighteen teams of potential business owners took section in the 6-week boot camp to get assistance in direction of employing their small business tips.
“Offering programming like this is seriously exciting, and the future phase in the advancement of the Kricker Innovation Hub,” David Kilroy, SSU Director of the KIH explained. “The Hub is all about fostering the advancement of startups and smaller organizations in our spot. What superior way to do that than to emphasize people with concepts for new companies and items, and exhibit that these ideas can turn out to be truth.”
Through various classes the teams discovered how to utilize the business model canvas, advanced their capabilities in advertising their products and expert services, and acquired help crafting a business pitch. The boot camp wrapped up with its Enterprise Pitch Level of competition in entrance of a panel of judges on Jun. 24.
Regional and neighborhood sponsors – Tri Condition Angel Expense Team, Scioto County Commissioners, Scioto County Economic Progress, Glockner Automobile Mall, Rutman-Burnside Realty, Neal Hatcher Actual Estate, OSU South Facilities Producing Extension Partnership, Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and WesBanco – supported the function and presented income prizes for the leading five winners of the business enterprise pitch competitiveness.
In 5th put was Amanda Klaiber for her strategy of an artisan lounge referred to as The Landing. Mark Kennedy took 4th spot for his notion of a financial schooling app referred to as The Social Ladder. Tina Chabot took 3rd position for her strategy of increasing the Yoga Deck LLC and its choices of yoga, non-alcoholic beer, artisan teas, and much more. Putting in 2nd was KJ Whitaker with his plan of KJ’s Custom made Powder Koating. Each Klaiber and Kennedy acquired $500 for their ideas even though Chabot received $1,000 and Whitaker been given $1,500 to their pitches. Professing initially position and the grand prize of $5,000 was Kristy Cartee for her thoughts of creating Counting Star’s E-book Lounge – a bodily retail room that serves beverages, sells guides, and hosts social routines for the local community.
“When I 1st signed up for Ignite Portsmouth, I experienced no idea what I was finding myself into,” claimed Cartee. “But now, I am so happy I did. I’m really thankful for absolutely everyone who built it achievable. The folks I’ve achieved together the way have been really encouraging and I have received so considerably awareness. Counting Stars E-book Lounge has been a desire of mine for a number of decades and Ignite taught me the techniques to convert that desire into a actuality. Successful this implies a person believes in my plan and thinks in me.”
Cartee plans to use the grand prize revenue to help with a down payment on a spot for her book lounge. She will also have the privilege of pitching her notion in entrance of the presenting sponsor – the Tri-State Angel Investment decision Group.
“I’m equally psyched and anxious to choose the up coming step and existing my idea to the Tri-State Angels,” she reported. “To have them again me would be the final desire arrive accurate.”
The KIH strategies to make Ignite Portsmouth an annual party, hoping to spark inspiration and provide entrepreneurial arranging in the region.
“It was good to see so several excellent strategies,” stated Derrick Parker, System Coordinator at the KIH. “Honestly, I wish we could have offered prizes to all the individuals. But every single and each and every one reported they have been happy to go as a result of the software. Heading forward, they will nonetheless be in a position to join with the Hub and get additional support for their tips.”
The KIH will be hosting an additional entrepreneurship boot camp later on this summer, this time geared to these in drug rehabilitation and recovery communities.
The Kricker Innovation Hub is a regional chief in entrepreneurship and innovation whose mission is to help businesses and entrepreneurs mature and bring their ideas to tomorrow’s current market. To learn far more about the companies offered by the Kricker Innovation Hub, go to ssuinnovation.com.
Kristy Cartee won the 2021 Company Pitch Level of competition as element of Ignite Portsmouth for her business notion for Counting Star’s E-book Lounge.