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Budding entrepreneurs have chance to win $20,000

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The deadline to pitch a business plan in The Big Launch Challenge — for a chance to win up to $20,000 in prize money — is Tuesday, March 31.

The competition invites a hand-selected group of budding entrepreneurs to share their small company’s business plan in front of a panel of judges. The company must have fewer than 10 employees, have a physical product to develop and be willing to locate in the Dan River Region. 

The Launch Place and First Flight Venture Center partner again to host The Big Launch Challenge for startup companies in technology-related industries

The Launch Place, an established entrepreneurial development organization headquartered in Danville, Virginia, and First Flight Venture Center, the largest technology incubator in the Research Triangle, North Carolina, have come together once again to host a contest, called The Big Launch Challenge, with two awards totaling up to $20,000 for first place and up to $10,000 for second.

This year’s challenge will feature a total of two elimination rounds with the final pitch event to be held on May 19, 2015, starting at 1 p.m., at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Virginia. Applications can be submitted by March 31st at

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