Stark County Pitch Competition
In April, 10 local entrepreneurs shared their creative business ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at JumpStart’s Stark County Pitch Competition held at Deli Ohio in downtown Canton. Each entrepreneur, who either lives or owns a business in Stark County, had 4 minutes to pitch their idea for a chance to win $1,000. Some of the business concepts included traveling art parties, a touchless pen sterilizer, a soul food cafe and co-working spaces.
The winner, Larissa Smith of FishMySpot, took home the $1,000 grand prize for her idea to connect anglers with private landowners for local fishing experiences (think Airbnb for fishing). The other nine finalists each received $250 to grow their businesses in Stark County.
Prior to the pitch competition, all finalists had the opportunity to hone their skills and fine-tune their pitches by working closely with JumpStart’s Innovation District HQ team.