SparkYourStartUpGot an idea and want to share it? Local businesses in Barnesville, Minnesota are hosting a no-strings attached, open contest for those looking to “spark” their startup idea – and you could win up to $1,000!

The Barnesville Business Pitch contest will be held on Friday, Aug. 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Old City Hall council chambers in Barnesville. Here’s how it works: contestants give a five minute pitch of their idea to the judge’s panel of entrepreneurial sponsors. Based on the presentation and the question and answer session, five winners will be chosen to receive a prize. The winners will receive up to a $1,000 cash prize, mentoring hours by current business owners, and will be featured at the city’s annual Potato Days Festival. A People’s Choice award will also be awarded based on online voting results. This event is sponsored by Stoneridge Software, Dean’s Bulk Service, Crown Appraisals and the Barnesville Economic Development Authority.

Interested applicant can fill out an application at by Friday, August 8th.

For more information regarding the contest logistics, visit Best of luck!

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Lindsay Jacobs