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Innovation Expo

April 26 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

What is Innovation Expo?

“Innovation Expo” is an entrepreneurial pitch contest that introduces Geary County community members to real startups/expansions of our locally owned businesses to foster growth.

The Innovation Expo is open to anyone starting or significantly expanding a business in Geary County. The competition spans all age groups and affiliations, opening its doors wide. Moreover, the community is empowered to participate by financially supporting their preferred ideas through voting. Innovation Expo, individuals attend pitches for a nominal fee, which is then transformed into a grant for the chosen entrepreneurial endeavor. Additionally, potential investors are integrated into the competition, offering further financial backing to qualifying businesses. Crucially, funds raised for entrepreneurs are distributed as grants to alleviate genuine startup or expansion costs specifically within Geary County. This isn’t merely a rhetorical exercise or hypothetical scenario, Innovation Expo channels tangible funds directly into viable businesses.

Details for Innovation Expo

This public pitch contest will take place on April 26th, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Highwind Brewery.  Tickets to enter are $10, and 100% of the ticket price is converted into grant support for the participating entrepreneur of your choice.  Here’s how your evening will look:

Following a brief introduction segment, entrepreneurs taking part will deliver a seven-to-ten-minute pitch outlining their concept to the audience. This presentation may be followed by a brief Q&A session moderated by three panelists. Once all presentations conclude, each attendee will have the opportunity to cast their “vote” for their preferred concept(s) using designated voting tickets (valued at $10 each). There’s no limit on ticket purchases; you can buy as many as you wish. For instance, if you wish to allocate $100 to support entrepreneurs, you can purchase ten tickets and distribute them among different participants or concentrate all ten on one concept. Each person must acquire at least one ticket to attend the Innovation Expo pitch event. Tickets are conveniently purchased online through the provided form, below. Cash and check are also accepted. Please make checks payable to Junction City Main Street and drop off payment at 129 W 7th before April 26th. Physical tickets will be issued at the venue on the night of the competition, with the option to acquire additional tickets during the event.

Apart from ticket sales, funds and services have been contributed by local businesses, statewide economic development initiatives, and community members, and will distributed according to the discretion of the panelists. Additionally, a separate pool of potential investors posses “golden tickets,” which they will offer to entrepreneurs for an additional activity, potentially involving equity investments and other forms of support. All funds and services awarded during the event will be reserved until the business incurs actual expenses related to launching their pitched concept. Entrepreneurs are given one year to bring their concept to fruition, with an extra “grace year” granted for exceptional circumstances. Should an entrepreneur fail to materialize their business concept, the funds and/or services will be earmarked for future Innovation Expo participants.

Local entrepreneurs wanting to register for a pitch slot at the Innovation Expo should visit the Entrepreneurs at JC Main Street’s Innovation Expo Page.

Below you will find the form to purchase Entrance & Voting Tickets.


April 26
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
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Junction City Main Street
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Highwind Brewery
726 N Washington
Junction City, 66441 United States
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