DreamFest 2018 is A “Shark Tank-like live event”. Whether you decide to compete in the business plan competition and oral presentation to a panel of judges, or just attend in support of your favorite local small business start-up or existing business (3 years of operations or less) from your county, or you just want to enjoy an inspiring/festive day at a live investors+entrepreneurs event, you won’t want to miss DreamFest 2018.
DreamFest 2018 is where dreamers will come to pitch their great, innovative business idea to a panel of five judges and a live audience for a chance to win up to $10,000 toward their business dream.
Business dreamers need to act fast. The Pre-Registration Deadline is November 30, 2017, 5:30pm. Then, the Business Plan Deadline is January 4, 2018. Visit dreamfest2018.info and click the “Dreamfest Packet” PDF link to access the latest application/guidelines.
Audience Tickets for Live Competition
The live “Shark Tank-like” event is scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018, 8:30am- 2pm (note new start time), at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. Hosted by Upper Coastal Plain Business Development Center, tickets will be sold for those interested in watching the event and being part of the audience. In addition to the main event, two speakers are scheduled.
Audience tickets will be on sale soon for a fee of $25 per person. Keep an eye on dreamfest2018.info. Also on that site, enter to win a free ticket to the event, a $25 value. Winning names will be drawn January 4, 2018.
DreamFest 2018 will begin at 9am with registration and festivities in Historic Downtown Wilson. Historic Downtown Wilson restaurants and retail stores will be open for business, food trucks will be out, and downtown will be alive with much anticipation, music, dance, marching bands, and more.
At 10:15am, settle in at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center and hear two fabulous speakers talk about their journeys in the development of their businesses. Learn from speakers Ken Adelglass (Waxhaw Kid Coders) and Julius Tillery (Farmers of Color).
Around 11:30am, the business dreamers pre-selected will give their Oral Presentations to Judges. Judges will select the best business plans (see evaluation sheet). Finalists will make oral presentations to five judges. The judges will rate the oral presentations, add the small business plan scores to come up with the top three winners for First, Second and Third Prize.
Winners will be announced in the afternoon.