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2021 Competition

Qualifying Round

Submit your pitch video by September 29th to be entered for this year's competition. 

The top 5-8 pitches (based on judge’s scores) will qualify to pitch in the final round. In the case of a tie in the qualifying round, we reserve the right to increase the number of finalists who compete on pitch day. 

A minimum of two competitors from each category (tech and non-tech) will need to make it to the final round in order for judging to take place in the two categories. If a minimum of two from each category do NOT make it to the finals, equal awards to first place and second place score winners may be implemented instead. This will be communicated to competitors prior to pitch day. 

Final event - October 9th - 9:30am - 11:30am

Over $25,000 available in prize money!

Final Round - Pitches will take place live at Peoples State Bank East on pitch day. Details of pitch day are TBD and will be provided before pitch day. 

The pitch location will be Peoples State Bank on 24 HWY in Manhattan.

Lead-up events 

Contestants are strongly encouraged to participate in the lead-up events prior to the competition. 

  • September 16th - Informational Happy Hour, The Fellow - 4:30 -5:30 PM - Join us for our lead-up event this year at The Fellow! A 2020 StartUp MHK Winner will be giving their pitch live, followed by advice to perfect your pitch and Q&A.

  • September 29th - Pitch Video Submission, Qualifier Round - All pitch videos are due for the qualifying round by 11:59 pm Wednesday, September 29th. Pitches will be viewed and scored, and 5-8 qualifiers will be selected for the final round. All competitors will be notified of their qualifying status on October 4th.
    (in the case of a tie in the qualifying round, we reserve the right to include additional finalists on pitch day) 
  • October 9th - Final Event - 9:30 AM - Only the predetermined finalists will present their business ideas at Peoples State Bank - Hwy 24 location. Scores for the technical and non-technical divisions will be given by the judges, while the public will vote for People’s Choice. 
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