The Drive Entry Form
The Drive a Business Pitch competition presented by The Shared Drive is open to those with a startup idea or expansion of an existing business located within Howard County. Expansion could include increasing square footage, adding a product line, increasing geographical reach.

If you are interested in being a participant in this competition, set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019, please fill out the entry form below.

Deadline for entering the competition/completing the online application is 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Name *
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Phone number *
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Email address *
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Start Ups
Existing Businesses
Please tell us about your business idea or expansion (500 words or less) *
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Competition rules
THE DRIVE is open to those with a startup idea or expansion of an existing business located within Howard County. Expansion could include increasing square footage, adding a product line, increasing geographical reach.

Winner(s) must launch or expand the business within 6 months of competition date.

Existing businesses must have fewer than 100 employees.

Existing business entries must be full-time operations with a primary office in Howard County.

All applications will be reviewed, and all applicants will be contacted no later than Wednesday, May 15, to discuss next steps.

Experienced business advisers from the Hoosier Heartland Indiana Small Business Development Center (HHISBDC) will be available to help with application and/or THE DRIVE presentation.

The $10,000 prize money will be awarded among finalists at the judges’ discretion.

All entries will be reviewed and finalists will be chosen based on feasibility, presentation, positive community impact, and potential job creation.

Finalists will be judged on presentation criteria and responses to judges’ questions. Deadline for entering the competition/completing the online application is 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

THE DRIVE will be open to the public and will be 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2019, in the Auditorium of Inventrek Tech Park, 700 E. Firmin St., Kokomo.

By submitting this application for The Drive, YOU ARE AGREEING that you have read, understand and agree to comply with the competition rules as stated above.

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