YBI, America Makes to Host Business Competition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Entrepreneurs, students and technology innovators from across the country are invited to compete for startup investment funding and services in a competition cosponsored by the Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes.

In the first AMPED YBI $100K Technology Startup Competition, teams will have the opportunity to compete for up to $100,000 of investment funding and up to a $50,000 of in-kind professional services offered though YBI.

Beginning July 1, candidates can submit their business concepts via the third party business competition website, PitchBurner. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Aug. 14. There is no entry fee for submissions.

Once all submissions have been reviewed, YBI will invite up to seven finalists to advance to the final round in Youngstown to present their ideas Nov. 2 in front of a panel of experienced judges. The winning team or teams will then have the opportunity to join YBI as a portfolio company and will work toward taking their idea from an early stage start-up to a scalable business.

More information about AMPED can also be found at this website or by emailing Rich Wetzel at rwetzel@ybi.org.

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