Thursday, April 30, 2015

Meet the Startup Challenge 'Sharks' for the 4th Annual Muscatine Entrep Expo Business Competition

The 4th Annual Muacatine Entrepreneurship Exposition announces its panel of judges (sharks) for the upcoming Startup Challenge Business Pitch Competition.

John Fox, entrepreneur and owner of SignPro of Muscatine; Mel McMains, SCORE Counselor and retired HNI Corp. financial executive; and Bill Phelan, entrepreneur and retired CEO of the Greater Muscatine  Chamber of Commerce & Industry will serve as 'sharks' for the Startup Challenge Business Competition finals to be held at Muscatine Community College (MCC) May 6, 2015.

Over a dozen budding entrepreneurs from the Muscatine area will show and pitch their business ideas during the Startup Challenge Expo and networking reception held in Strahan Hall at MCC starting at 5pm.  Beginning at 6:30pm, five pre-selected finalists and on 'Peoples Choice' finalist will have an opportunity to pitch in a shark-tank style competition to Fox, McMains, Phelan and a public audience.  The Pitch Off finals will take place in the Little Theatre in MCC's Strahan Hall.

The winner of the Startup Challenge Business Pitch Competition will receive two all-access passes to EntreFest, Iowa's biggest entrepreneurship conference, free business consulting, and a startup marketing package from the E-Center.

Before announcing the winner, Nate Kaeding (UIowa & NFL Star and serial entrepreneur) will close the Expo with his talk "Startup strong with leadership, the creative mindset, and a 'can-do' attitude".

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