12 January Clay County's Pitch in the Park Hopes to Give County's Entrepreneurs the Stage for Success January 12, 2017 By Laura Pavlus News Pitch in the Park, entrepreneur, innovation festival, inventors, new business, economic development, small business, SBDC 0 Jacksonville Business Journal - Jan. 12, 2017 by Jensen Werley - Read full article here ORANGE PARK - Clay County entrepreneurs are looking to give local innovators a chance to be in the spotlight, with the county’s first innovation festival, Pitch in the Park. Eighteen entrepreneurs were selected to present their startup ideas at 10 a.m. on January 21st at Town Hall Park in Orange Park. Each person will have two minutes to present their ideas to a panel of three judges and the audience. The judges include Joseph Kincart, a patent attorney and Kate Stewart, a community advocate for entrepreneurs. In addition to judges, the audience’s vote will count for 40 percent of the score to determine the winner, said Brian Knight, founder of Pragmatic Works and one of the organizers for the event. Each presenter will have a booth and audience members will have up to three votes. “We wanted it to be one part shark tank, with the judges, and to encourage entrepreneurs in the community,” Knight said. “We wanted to get them involved and passionate themselves about the event.” Knight said the event is all volunteer- and donation-based, including the prize package. Microsoft donated products, Community First contributed some prizes and the Clay County Economic Development Corp. contributed the bulk of the prizes, including $1,250 to the top winner. “Part of the Clay County EDC goal is to encourage startups and bring new companies to the region,” said Knight. “One way of bringing new companies is to start them.” Winners will also get press and mentor-ship to continue their idea. Knight said the goal was to get 18 participants and that organizers were shocked when they got nearly 30 applications and had to whittle it down to the best 18. The event, which will also have food trucks as well as booths and presentations for the audience, is hoping to bring in about 500 or 600 members of the public. As for success, Knight said the goal is to get some of these entrepreneurs from ideas to actual companies. “If we can get some of them off the ground this year, that’s a big win,” he said. “They’ll create jobs in Northeast Florida.” Related 'Pitch in the Park' to Give Inventors the Limelight A group of Clay County entrepreneurs has begun counting down to Clay County’s first ever festival that showcases local ingenuity innovation. Entrepreneurs Transform Park into Shark Tank The products of Clay County’s growing entrepreneur culture stood on stage Saturday to pitch their products in the inaugural innovation festival Pitch in the Park. New Co-working Space Opens in Orange Park of Clay County off of Kingsley and Park Avenues A new co-working space has opened up in Orange Park off of Kingsley Avenue and Park Avenue (US-17). Clay Recieves $2M for Road to Future Industrial Park Directly Adjacent to First Coast Expressway This week Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced $16 million for projects meant to aid cities with job growth. Of that, Clay County is getting $2.06 million to build a road. Clay’s is one of six projects winning the final awards from an $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, which was divvied out all year.Clay County Commission Chair Gavin Rollins said the project will help build a roadway called Atlantis Drive, which will be near the under-construction First Coast Expressway, which will start at I-10 in Duval, travel through Clay and end at I-95 in St. Johns County. The new Atlantis Drive will extend east from Trail Ridge Road. Clay's Career and Technical Education Program Gives Local Workforce a Competitive Advantage Clay County Schools Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month Students and faculty in Clay County will join others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. This year's theme is "Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!" CTE Month provides CTE programs across the country to demonstrate how CTE makes students college- and career- ready and prepares whem for high-wage, high-demand career fields. Activities include: CTE teacher and student recognition, leadership and community service events, school tours and more! Officials Look to Spring Park Project as Key Piece in Economic Development GREEN COVE SPRINGS | The natural spring that is key to the city’s historic past could help lock in its future, say Green Cove Springs leaders and economic development officials projecting new business and industry could come into the community just as the mineral water now flows through Spring Park into the adjacent St. Johns River. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.