Assisting Regional Entrepreneurs

December 1, 2015

Whitinger Strategic Services Managing Director Assists Regional Entrepreneurs

December 1, 2015, Muncie, INWhitinger Strategic Services Managing Director, Richard Crist, recently served as a judge for two entrepreneurship competitions in East Central Indiana. Both events were designed to challenge aspiring entrepreneurs to take their business ideas to the next level, prove the potential of their business idea, meet people who can help them succeed, and even win a cash prize!

The Innovation Connector of Muncie, Indiana ( hosted the second annual BIG Idea Pitch competition for local entrepreneurs and innovators to “pitch” their business, business concepts, product or invention to a panel of judges from the business and investment community. The baseball themed competition began October 19th with “Opening Day” and concluded with five finalists pitching their ideas to judges on November 18th at the Excellence in Innovation Awards at the Horizon Convention Center.

For more information about the Innovation Connector and the services they provide entrepreneurs, click on the following link: EVENT LINK

Taylor University held a business idea competition that culminated on November 19th where seven teams of students presented their business proposals to a panel of judges at Promising Venture’s second annual Shark Tank. At the end of the night, four teams received funding to help develop and launch their products. The event is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking among Taylor University students and to connect them with business professionals who can provide them with connections and advice on how to launch their business.

For more information about Taylor University’s event, click on the following link: EVENT LINK

“I enjoy working with entrepreneurs who are passionate about making the world a better place through their business ideas. Whether they are students or adults, it is rewarding to see creativity on display, and to have them share their ideas in a format where it could be the launch point for them,” stated Richard Crist. “Serving as a judge in this venue is not what you see on TV. Once they make their presentation and the competition is over, I enjoy interacting with the participants and working alongside many of them as they pursue their dreams.”