Richland County residents will pitch their ideas for new products, businesses and services during Richland Idea Audition October 16 in Founders Hall at Ohio State University-Mansfield. The five contestants who make it to the final round will pitch their ideas to an audience and a panel of judges.
The public is encouraged to attend starting with a reception to meet the entrepreneurs at 5:30 p.m. and the final round at 6:30 p.m. The focus of the contest is to support new business, help entrepreneurs get a business off the ground and introduce entrepreneurs to the community for support.
Entrepreneurs will have four minutes to explain their ideas for a chance to win a top prize of $5,000. The second place idea will receive $2,500 and third place, $1,000.
The Richland County Foundation, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, RCDG - Richland Community Development Group, The Ohio State University at Mansfield, Braintree Business Development Center, Small Business Development Center and North Central Ohio SCORE are co-hosting the event.