KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 29, 2015) — What does it take to be one in a million? Eight of America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders make the call as they judge the final rounds of One in a Million, a competition that will showcase some of the nation’s stellar startups.
The final elimination rounds — during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17-18 at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo. — are the culmination of the competition, which the Kauffman Foundation launched July 1 to provide educational opportunities to entrepreneurs, and to showcase excellence within the 1 Million Cups community.
Each of 337 entrepreneurs in the initial, nationwide field met the criteria of having pitched their startup concepts during a 1 Million Cups event in their communities. 1 Million Cups is a free, weekly program that educates, engages and connects local entrepreneurs.
The two-day finale of the pitch-your-business contest features 15 semi-finalists from nine states as they vie for a $10,000 cash prize and the title of One in a Million. The second-place startup founder wins $5,000 in cash, and the third-place business creator receives a $1,000 gift card.
During day one of the event, all semi-finalists will present their business cases before distinguished judges who will choose five finalists. The semifinal judges are:
Three notable business leaders will judge the best of the best on Nov. 18 as the final five competitors make their pitches during a livestreamed showdown. Judging the final round are:
One in a Million event sponsors are The Roasterie and KCPT Public Television.