Local leaders discuss ‘Shark Tank’ style competition at Jan. 23 event

The University of Illinois Extension will host an informational meeting next month to discuss the 6 County Fast Pitch coming to Henry, Mercer, Stark, Henderson, Warren and Knox counties.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Extension’s Galva office, 358 Front St.

A team of local economic development leaders are planning a 6 County Fast Pitch Competition in March 2018 to provide entrepreneurs with the resources they need to turn their ideas into reality. 

The initiative is open to new businesses or products that will be based in Henry, Henderson, Knox, Mercer, Stark or Warren counties.  

Similar to what’s seen on the television show “Shark Tank,” the 6 County Fast Pitch Competition consists of a presentation made to judges during individual, confidential sessions for a chance to win a portion of $125,000 in prizes that includes cash, advertising and professional small business consultation that will help them turn their idea into reality. 

Eligible participants will get to “pitch” a business idea that could be developed in one of the participating counties to judges with business, investment, development and marketing backgrounds. 

At the information sessions participants will receive contest details, business plan  resources and meet the coaches.  

Anyone interested can register for the informational meeting at University of Illinois Extension’s website — web.extension.illinois. edu/hmrs or call the office at (309) 932-3447.

The Fast Pitch Contest will take place on March 14. Applications to enter the contest are due by Jan. 31. 

Mock/Practice sessions for eligible participants will take place on Feb. 12, giving them a chance to hone their pitch and get advice before their final presentation during the contest.

More details about the Fast Pitch competition are available at the www.6county       fastpitch.org website.