Griggs Center announces seventh annual Springboard Ideas ChallengePosted January 27, 2014
ACU’s Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy announced today that registration for the seventh annual Springboard Ideas Challenge is now open. The competition gives aspiring entrepreneurs across the Big Country an opportunity to share their business concepts, gain valuable feedback, and compete for thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind prizes.
“The Springboard Ideas Challenge is a great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in our region to take the next step in launching their new businesses. The competition and awards dinner also helps promote and celebrate entrepreneurial activity in our local communities,” said Dr. Jim Litton, director of the Griggs Center.
The competition is open to college students and community members in Taylor County and 18 other counties in the Abilene area. Entrepreneurs interested in participating must register online and fill out a questionnaire about their business concepts. Contestants who advance to the next level of competition will submit a mini-business plan and present their ideas to a live panel of judges. The deadline to register and complete the online application is Friday, March 7. The competition will conclude with an awards dinner onTuesday, April 15.
The Springboard Ideas Challenge has served as a launching pad for a number of area businesses over the past few years, including Pharos Resources, My Sister’s House, Enchilada Express, SugarOutfitters, Hispanic Life Media, Cordell’s, and more.
Sponsors of this year’s event include: ACU’s College of Business Administration, the West Texas Innovation Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, the Development Corporation of Abilene, the Texas Tech Small Business Development Center, the Dian Graves Owen Foundation, the Dodge Jones Foundation, and many more local businesses and organizations.
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