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Local Entrepreneurs Can Pitch Business Idea at WKCTC September 24

The next stop in the second annual regional Kentucky Innovation Pitch Competition is West Kentucky Community and Technical College September 24.

The competition, a partnership between the Kentucky Innovation Network, the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, and Kentucky Angel Investors, is part of eleven competitions held throughout Kentucky between May and September. The winners from each pitch competition will vie for the $10,000 grand prize for the best business idea during the Kentucky Angel Investors Summit that will be held in Frankfort in November.

Individuals with a complete business plan for marketing their product can enter the competition that will be held in WKCTCs Emerging Technology Center from 5-7 p.m. September 24.

Pitch competitions, which are based around the hit television show, Shark Tank, have been growing in popularity around the nation, said Dan Lazarevic, Kentucky Innovation Network director for the Paducah office. Being part of this statewide competition and having entrepreneurs compete on our campus is a great opportunity for the participants, he said. Providing a venue for them to share their business idea is a perfect fit with our mission of helping to grow businesses and the economy in Kentucky.

Local business owners and entrepreneurs will judge the pitch competition at WKCTC. To register online, visit and select the Paducah event. For more information, call the local Kentucky Innovation Network at 270-201-2361.

The last stop for this regional pitch competition will take place September 25 in Murray. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pagliais Pizza, located at 970 Chestnut Street.

The Kentucky Innovation Network is a network of business leaders and mentors that encourage relationships, grow companies new and existing, and create jobs. The Network, managed in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, consists of 13 offices throughout Kentucky. West Kentucky Community and Technical College is the local partner for the Paducah office.