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Start Garden reveals 100 Ideas finalists
Start Garden has named the 100 finalists in its 100 Ideas competition.
The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit startup ecosystem said today that 812 people signed up for the 100-day competition that began in January, and 612 ideas were submitted via video to the Start Garden website.
Each of the top 100 ideas will receive $1,000.
“We were overwhelmed with the response from the community,” said Jorge Gonzalez, the director of the competition. “We knew people felt excluded from participating in entrepreneurship because of barriers to resources. Looking at the demographic data, the problem was bigger than we thought, especially for women, minorities and lower-income families.”
Fifty-two percent of people who participated in the competition are male, 59 percent are Caucasian and 58 percent are between the ages of 25 and 44.
The 100 individuals who generated the top 100 ideas will now be able to participate in Demo Day.
They will compete to be among the top 10 to win $20,000 each to invest in their ideas.
Demo Day will take place on July 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 20 Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, at 11 Ottawa Ave. NW.
100 Ideas finalists
Gilma De la Cruz
Randall Janine Thomas