Kick Start Wayne County
KickStart Wayne County is an Initiative of the Wayne County Economic Development Corporation to provide resources and opportunities for Wayne County residents to start new businesses in the County.
Economic development and small business are key drivers of the local economy creating jobs, providing goods and services, and facilitating commerce. Harnessing creativity and entrepreneurship involves the availability of capital, professional guidance, and resources to support new business.

The Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition is open to Wayne County residents who have a new business idea or are in the concept stage. The Winner will receive an award of $40,000 to kick-start their new business!

The Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition honors the confidentiality of all applicants’ business concepts, plans and financial projections. Application materials will not be copied or shared for any purposes other than use in the Wayne County Startup Pitch Competition. The staff and judges also recognize the sensitivity of the materials submitted. Finalists selected to present in the final round of the competition are advised that this will be a public forum and any information presented by the finalists is considered a public disclosure.

Deadline, Application and Fee
Application, executive summary with attached financial statements, and application fee are due by 5:00pm Friday, October 11, 2019 and can be hand-delivered, mailed or submitted via email. The application fee is $50.00 which should be submitted at the time of application. Submission instructions are on the downloadable competition application.

Program Details
Eligibility and Guidelines
Registration Form
Application Instructions

Sept. 9 Launch of Competition & Application Materials Available (website, via email)
Oct. 11 Application Deadline (5 weeks from Launch date)
Oct. 14-Oct. 23 1st Round Judges Review & Score applications
Oct. 25 Finalists Notified
Oct. 26 – Nov. 19 One-on-one Mentoring with Finalists / Prepare & Refine their Pitch & Presentations
Nov. 20 Live Pitch Competition Now 5:30pm-8:30pm

For Sponsorship Opportunities Please Contact Tanya Hasseler at 315-946-5975 or by email at

Thanks to our Visionary Sponsors

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