Got a tech idea that could be a game changer for Memphis? Pitch it this week at Start Co.’s 48 Hour Launch for a chance to bring your idea to life.
November 9 -11, Start Co., a Memphis based venture development organization, has teamed up with the City to give anyone who is interested in using tech to solve problems in Memphis a chance to develop their ideas and help transform Memphis into a Smart City. Organizers are looking for tech ideas that will help improve sustainability, create economic development, and enhance the quality of life for people living and working in Memphis.
- When: Friday, November 9th-Sunday, November 11th
- Where: Start Co. (88 Union Ave)
The first night of 48 Hour Launch is pitch night, which sets the tone for the weekend. Attendees get two minutes to pitch their ideas to a crowd. The audience then votes on the most popular ideas, selecting the top four candidates. The chosen groups will then work on their ideas throughout the weekend.
For those whose ideas aren’t chosen, all isn’t lost. They have the option to jump on the team of one of the four candidates, assisting them with their ideas for the remainder of the weekend. They can also attend another pitch workshop Saturday to learn how to perfect their pitch, getting advice from a team of mentors. These advisors will offer expertise in a bevy of fields including legal, marketing, accounting, and development.
The weekend will conclude Sunday with the four groups pitching their final businesses to a panel. A first and second place winner will be decided. On top of the potential to launch your idea as a company, there are prizes involved:
1st Place Prize
- $100 cash per team member
- $50 Amazon gift card per team member
2nd Place Prize
- Tile – Key finder. Phone finder. Anything finder. – Four Pack
- Four $25 Amazon gift cards
Pitch Competition Winner
- $25 Amazon gift card
- $25 Uber gift card
Tickets for 48 Hour Launch are $10. This fee includes weekend access to all workshops and breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tickets can be purchased here.
For more information on Start Co. or the 48 Hour Launch, visit their website.
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