Contestants! Friends & neighbors of contestants! It’s time to rally your networks and generate some online voting magic.
Each day for the next three days – April 21, 22 and 23, between 9am and 11pm – you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite entry. You may vote once per day. Whereas you are welcome to vote from multiple devices with distinct IP addresses, please do not engage in robo-voting. It could lead to disqualification.
The contestants that receive the most votes will be among the 2015 Finalists.
An additional portion of our 2015 Finalists will be selected by a group of local, successful entrepreneurs, who will base their decisions based on the very same information available to you and the public here.
If there is overlap (i.e., a business is selected by both the entrepreneurs and the public, then we will have 14 Finalists.) Two years ago, for example, we had 14 total Finalists because one company was selected by both groups.
We will NOT indicate which Finalists were chosen by which group.
We will announce the 10-15 Finalists on Friday, April 24th. Finalists will be invited to an initial meeting on Monday, April 27th at 5 p.m. at which we’ll explain everything you need to know to prepare for your presentation at the competition on May 12th. We’ll have pitch experts available to help you craft your presentation, and guide you through.
To review, the public voting period is as follows:
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 9am – 11pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 – 9am-11pm
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 9am-11pm