An entrepreneur with a winning idea can walk away with $10,000 to help them launch a small business.
Fifth Third Bank along with community colleges, including Gaston and Cleveland, will offer the top prize in its ’53 Ideas Pitch Competition.
Ideas can be submitted at 53ideas.com through May 31 by anyone in the following counties surrounding Charlotte: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union.
Judges will review the submissions and select the top 53 pitches.
“Judges are looking for ideas that are innovative and doable,” said Greg Smith, Gaston College’s vice president for economic and workforce development. “It has to be something someone could manage as a small business while matching the economy of the area, it can be online or face-to-face.”
Top entrants will receive a $50 award, as well as the opportunity to advance in the competition.
Training and coaching on pitching, financing, forecasting,