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2013 ‘Buck$ for Bright Ideas’ program accepting applications

Area residents with ideas that could lead to a new business could win assistance to help move their idea forward.

The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center is accepting applications for the 2013 “Buck$ for Bright Ideas” competition through April 17.

Bucks for Bright Ideas logo“Buck$ for Bright Ideas” is a publicly funded program that encourages residents in the region to act on their ideas. Applicants must reside in one of the 28 counties of the Central Region ICC or be a full-time student at a college or university within the region. The counties include: Daviess, Union, Henderson, Webster, McLean, Ohio, Hancock, Butler, Logan, Simpson, Warren, Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Grayson, Breckinridge, Meade, Hardin, Nelson, Washington, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Green, Taylor, Metcalfe, Adair and Monroe.

“Many people in our part of the state have innovative ideas that could become the foundation for a new business,” Jeff Hook, director of operations for the Central Region ICC, said. “Some of those people need help moving forward toward commercialization and the Central Region ICC is here to help with that effort.”

In addition to receiving help from business development experts, those with ideas can compete for professional services worth more than $25,000 by completing a simple application. There are additional awards and prizes for specific categories, including high school and college students age 16 and over.

“There will be multiple winners who will receive free services from regional professional firms for market research, patent research, accounting support, product design help and more,” Hook said. “All applicants are eligible to receive one-on-one assistance with their idea at no charge and all ideas submitted will be held in strict confidence.”

More information on the program and the application are available at www.BucksForBrightIdeas.com or by calling Hook at (270) 901-3490. An awards banquet for all participants is planned for May 1 at WKU’s Center for Research and Development, 2413 Nashville Road, Bowling Green.

Contact: Jeff Hook, (270) 901-3490.

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