Entrepreneurs compete to be ‘One in a Million’

Global Entrepreneurship Week is only two weeks away, and semifinalists for the first One in a Million competition will spend two days during the celebration pitching their ideas in hopes of winning a $10,000 cash prize.

This is the first year for the competition, and it is part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation 1 Million Cups initiative and will be featured during Global Entrepreneurship Week USA. Out of 377 entrants, there are now 15 semi-finalists from nine U.S. states. The business pitches range from a phone and tablet application that tells you the nutritional information of your meal in real-time, to a filter and flavor water bottle system.

The semi-finalists will compete on Nov. 17-18, and the final five will give their pitches in a livestreamed event.

The One in a Million competition is a pitch-your-business contest. First place takes $10,000, second place receives $5,000, and third place will receive a $1,000 gift card.  It will take place at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo.

Finals judges

Marcelo Claure, president and chief executive officer of Sprint

Nicole Glaros, partner and chief product officer of Techstars, a global entrepreneurial ecosystem

Paul Kedrosky, investor, entrepreneur, and writer. He is cofounder and managing partner of SK Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm

Semi-finals judges:

Trey Bowles, cofounder and chief executive officer of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center

Nathan Gold, conducts workshops, keynotes, and one-on-one sessions in person and online to help people throughout the world prepare for high-stakes, can’t-miss presentations

Alicia Herald, founder and chief executive officer of myEDmatch

Anita Newton is vice president of marketing at Adknowledge, a global adtech firm, and is cofounder of Mighty Green Solutions

Sherry Turner, helps Kansas City-area women achieve financial independence, sustained employment, access to capital, and advancement through her leadership role with OneKC for Women