$2,500 in prize money to be awarded

The thirteenth annual Brookings Area Idea Competition is now open and taking entries from residents, including SDSU and high school students, providing the chance to win a total of $2,500 in cash prizes.

The 2020 contest, hosted by Brookings Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), encourages entrepreneurs, innovators, creative thinkers, and basically anyone with a good idea to participate by submitting a one-page description simply explaining what your idea is, who would benefit from it and where are you at in the process of developing your idea into a potential product or business. Finalists will be asked to give a five-minute pitch of their idea to a panel of judges.

“The Idea Competition continues to be one of our most popular programs,” said Jennifer Quail, BEDC Director of Entrepreneur Support. “In addition to having minimal requirements, this contest provides people with the opportunity to take their product or business ideas to the next level of development.”

Ideas can be submitted online at startupbrookings.com/idea. Entries will be placed in either the General Business or Science/Technology categories, and a total of $2,500 in prize money will be awarded with receipt of money subject to winners reaching business milestones.

The competition is free, and the deadline for idea submissions is Tuesday, February 18th.  Finalists will pitch their ideas on Friday, Feb. 28th, and winners will be announced at an open house networking event that evening, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Brookings Innovation Center.

“Brookings is a very creative and innovative community,” said Quail. “We are looking forward to seeing what the next big idea will be!” Questions about the contest may be directed to Quail at jennifer@brookingsedc.com or 605-697-8103.

The Idea Competition is just one of many programs supporting ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Brookings region. For more information visit the Brookings Start-up Hub at www.startupbrookings.com.  

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