Pitch Competition to Award Downtown Office Space

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The city of Marion will host a "shark tank" like event called Community PItch Night The city of Marion will host a "shark tank" like event called Community PItch Night

Playing off the success of the television show “Shark Tank,” the Grant County Economic Growth Council will be hosting a similar competition to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Organizers hope the event will also attract startup companies to look at downtown Marion as a place to create or expand their businesses.

Calling it the “Community Pitch Night,” four business startups will go before a panel of judges and a live audience to pitch their business plan. Anyone from across the state can apply. Applicants who are selected to compete will battle for a prize package which includes a one-year free lease in downtown Marion in the Ridley Towers.

The city and business leaders have invested $7 million in the redevelopment of the historic building.

The prize package also includes tax, legal, and strategic planning advice. The winner also receives product branding and social media consulting.

Applicants must apply by August 15. The competition will be in October.

Those interested in learning more about Community Pitch night can click here.

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