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Bucks for Bright Ideas competition encourages entrepreneurship

The Bowling Green office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, in partnership with the network’s Owensboro and Elizabethtown offices, is accepting applications for the 2016 Bucks for Bright Ideas competition through April 22.

bucksforbrightideas“Many people in our part of the state have innovative ideas that could become the foundation for a new business,” said Jeff Hook, executive director for the Bowling Green Kentucky Innovation Network office. “However some people have trouble moving their idea to the commercialization stage and the Kentucky Innovation Network is here to help with that effort.”

“Bucks for Bright Ideas has been a great kickoff to my business,” said Michael Lemon, owner of Millstone Labs. “The professional legal services I received from being a winner in the Bucks for Bright Ideas competition last year put my business on the right path. The advice and support has been invaluable to the future growth of my business.  I am thankful that I submitted my idea to Bucks for Bright Ideas.”

The Bucks for Bright Ideas program provides creative minded individuals with the resources necessary to bring their idea to reality. Those entering the competition have the opportunity to receive help from business experts while competing for professional services worth more than $30,000.

“Entering and winning Bucks for Bright Ideas last year really helped launch my company on the right path,” said Rebecca Wheeling, owner of Schedule-It in Elizabethtown. “I received services that were instrumental in my start-up effort.”

Multiple winners will receive free services from regional professional firms for market research, patent search, accounting support, product design and more. All applicants will have access to one-on-one assistance from business development experts at no charge and their ideas will remain confidential.

Bucks for Bright Ideas is open to anyone who lives in the 28 counties of the Bowling Green, Owensboro and Elizabethtown region or a high school or college student in the region. The counties include Adair, Allen, Barren, Breckinridge, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, LaRue, Logan, McLean, Meade, Metcalfe, Monroe, Nelson, Ohio, Simpson, Taylor, Union, Warren, Washington and Webster.

More information on the program and an online application are available at BucksForBrightIdeas.com or by calling Lynn Minton at (270) 901-3490. An awards banquet will be held May 4 at the WKU Center for Research and Development, 2413 Nashville Road, Bowling Green.

Contact: Lynn Minton, (270) 901-3490

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