The North Platte Young Professionals are proud to announce the 2021 finalists in the Big Idea North Platte business pitch contest. 

There are 10 finalists in the Community category (19 years and older) — William Merritt, Chris Amaya Jones, Adi Fernandez, Jon Keck, Gilbert Seck, Blu McGrath, Jenn Porter-Milne, Bobbi Walters, Josh Sperle, and Dara Leech.

 In the youth category (18 years and younger) the finalist is Alex Schimek.

The next step is the Big Idea North Platte business pitch contest on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Brigham’s Taproom at 1100 S Jeffers, North Platte.

The social for Big Idea North Platte begins at 5:30 p.m. The main event starts at 6 p.m. when the top 11 finalists give a two-minute idea pitch and then go through a short question and answer session. From there, they will be narrowed down to the top five finalists by a panel of judges.

Once the top five have been selected, audience members will decide who takes home the first, second, and third place prizes. Contestants are encouraged to bring friends, colleagues and fans to secure their place. There is no admission fee.

 Prize money has been pledged by the Eagle Communication through the Schmidt Foundation. The top Community category winners will receive: first place – $8,000, second place – $5,000, and third place – 3,000. 

The Youth Category winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. First Place winners will also receive marketing packages courtesy of Eagle Communications and the North Platte Telegraph.

The Big Idea North Platte contest is supported by Eagle Communication, North Platte Chamber and Development, Beveridge Inc., Gateway Realty, Great Plains Foot and Ankle, NebraskaLand Bank, Whitetail Screen Print, Black Goose Art & Design, Commercial Investment Services, Brigham’s Taproom, Mid-Plains Community College, Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, Nebraska Enterprise Fund, and the University of Nebraska Kearney.

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