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NKY Startups Launches Pitch Competition for Local Entrepreneurs

The Kentucky Innovation Network at Northern Kentucky ezone announced today that the Northern Kentucky Business Pitch Competition,, is open to entrepreneurs in 11 counties. The Kentucky Innovation Network and Kentucky Angel Investors are sponsoring the competition, which is managed by the ezone.

Applications for the competition are free and will be accepted until May 17 from entrepreneurs and companies from 11 counties, including Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Carrol, Gallatin, Owen, Grant, Pendleton, Harrison, Bracken and Robertson counties in Kentucky.

The top five applicants will be selected and announced on May 19. They will receive coaching from the Northern Kentucky ezone and make their pitches to three accredited Kentucky Angel Investors on May 27 at UpTech. A total of $1,500 in prize money will be awarded to first and second place.

“We are looking for the best entrepreneurs in our 11 county region,” said Casey Barach, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network at Northern Kentucky ezone, UpTech founder and Senior Vice President of Tri-ED. “We have a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem with our partners, including UpTech and the INKubator at Northern Kentucky University. We want to build on that foundation and attract entrepreneurs from the broader region.”

The competition application, rules and details are available at The competition is part of NKY Startups, a collaboration of the Kentucky Innovation Network, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and the ezone to support entrepreneur events and programs in Northern Kentucky.

Staff report/Photo: 2014 Winners Vegy Vida (provided)