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Watch local entrepreneurs compete for $175,000 in grants at TVFCU’s Pitch Nights

On May 8, 9 + 11, local entrepreneurs will present business expansion plans for their chance to win between $10,000-$30,000 in grants.

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Past Launch Pitch Night winners stand on a stage.

Enjoy food, drinks + networking while supporting small businesses at TVFCU’s free pitch nights and luncheon.

Photo of the 2022 finalists group provided by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union

In case you missed it, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union’s 6th Annual Idea Leap Grant will award a total of $175,000 in grants to local small business owners throughout Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia during three separate pitch competitions.

Here in Nooga, TVFCU will award:

  • A $30,000 first-place award
  • A $15,000 second-place award
  • Three runners-up with $10,000 each

On Thursday, May 11, Noogans can attend the following 2023 Idea Leap Grant events at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center:

  • Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. where keynote speaker Platt Boyd will join panelists Keenan Daniels and Cheryl Saucier for a conversation with moderator Donna Elle Harrison.
  • Chambliss Startup Social from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Pitch Competition from 6-8 p.m. — see the big competition where local entrepreneurs RMJ USA, Cocoa Asante, Simply Props, The Local Juicery, and The Professional Cleaning Solution compete for a total of $75,000 in grants

Bonus: All events are free + open to the public (but attendees are asked to RSVP).*

See event details + RSVP

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