County hosts pitch competition for startups

From Local Sources

JASPER — The second annual Dubois County Pitch Competition showcased entrepreneurs and startups across the state Monday night at Brew in Jasper.

Individuals and teams shared their business, innovation or entrepreneurial idea before a panel of judges in hopes of earning prize money to invest in their startup. The competition allowed 12 entrepreneurs four minutes to pitch their idea and two minutes to answer questions. Judges scored companies based on team, market fit, product/solution, customer traction or roadmap and their overall presentations.

Predictive Wear — which sells compression socks with embedded sensors that continuously collect data for physicians, patients and insurers — earned first place, receiving a $4,000 prize. Second place, and a $2,000 prize, went to Zoro, creator of a debit card that builds credit. Third place, and a $1,000 prize, went to Potter Industries, which provides smart monitoring vision systems to ensure flock health, minimize losses and provide peace of mind for farmers and flock owners.

The competition was sponsored by Current Blend and Elevate Southwest Indiana, a partnership between Elevate Ventures and the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship in the six-county region.

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