Startup competition awards cash, prizes to Michigan entrepreneurs

detroit paintingBy: Michael Martinez, Detroit News

DETROIT- Detroit is one of three cities nationwide chosen for a new program that rewards entrepreneurs and is sponsored by A+E Network, Comcast Cable and crowd-funding site RocketHub.

The Project Startup Entrepreneur Forum, which will be announced this week, will reward three small businesses with money, advice and technology services after a competition at TechTown Detroit on June 4.

Small businesses can apply for the program by signing up at projectstartuplive.com through May 19. They will pitch their ideas to a group of panelists.

“Comcast knows firsthand the vibrancy of our entrepreneurial community,” said Michelle Gilbert, vice president of public relations for Comcast’s heartland region. “I think small businesses have kept this region alive.”

The competition is open to any small business in Michigan. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and two years of Comcast Business phone, Internet and cable services. Each of the two runners-up will receive $2,500 and a consultation with the CEO of RocketHub.

“Because of what we do day in and day out, we understand the importance and role technology plays in businesses growing to the next level,” Gilbert said. “We also understand how important it is for a startup to invest from the get-go in the right tech.”

The other cities participating in the new initiative are Boston and Provo, Utah.

The event is free and open to the public. Guests must RSVP at projectstartuplive.com. There is no fee to enter the pitch competition.

The evening will also feature a panel discussion about launching and growing small businesses.

mmartinez@detroitnews.com
(313) 222-2401

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140422/BIZ/304220020#ixzz2zcWWowb8

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