StartUp Hartsville Competition
The online applications are in!
There were many great applications submitted, and we’re happy to announce the finalists that will move on to the live pitch event on May 17!
The finalists are (in no particular order):
- Hannah Stanley – Hakuna Matuna
- Jenny Altman – Artbug Studio
- Kristin Payne – The Stoplight
- Daniel Nolner – Nolker Livestock
- Ramon Arrola Jr. – Frets and Necks School of Music and Lutherie
The StartUp Hartsville competition offers funds and other incentives to help local entrepreneurs establish their own businesses in Hartsville.
Businesses eligible for the competition include ideas for new startups, franchises, re-locations of existing businesses from other communities, as well as established Hartsville businesses looking to significantly expand into additional business concepts.
The competition has been run for three years in a row and we are excited for year four!
Here are the official rules and regulations:
StartUp Hartsville is an entrepreneurial startup competition for the purpose of generating business growth in Hartsville. At the same time, the competition provides regional entrepreneurs a means to advance their desire to expand or open a new business. Business concepts eligible for the competition include:
- New start-up businesses
- An expansion or relocation of an existing business from another community
- A significant expansion of an existing local business that would branch into an additional business concept
- and more! Be creative and pitch something great.
Application and Selection Process Overview
- Applicants will fill out a detailed online form describing their business idea.
- Five finalists will be selected to develop and submit a formal business plan.
- Each finalist will pitch their business to a panel of judges.
- The judges will award cash prizes and services to help get the most promising ideas up and running.
Along the way, Startsville will be there to help all applicants develop a sound business model, construct a business plan, and refine their pitch.