2017 Edison Project Winners Announced!


The Edison Project is sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and is a celebration and recognition of the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the area. The program recognizes entrepreneurs with an innovative, viable business idea for Catawba County.

The competition includes a 'Pitch Your Idea' to a panel of Angel Investors and commercial bankers portion, a Business Plan portion, and concluded last night at Final Public Presentation to the community. The seed investment incentive is a $10,000 for 1st place, $5,000 for 2nd place and $3,000 for 3rd place.

Please join us in congratulating our 2017 Edison Project Winners!

First Place:

Carmen Eckard with Foothills Digest

Second Place:

Justin Fox with Apple Valley Orchard & Cidery

Third Place:

Jens Roessler, Tomas Hans and Sercan Cihan with InPort

All finalists and applicants for The Edison Project, regardless if they walked away with prize money, have the opportunity to continue their goal of establishing their start-up business through ongoing training, mentoring, workshops and assistance from area business consultants, coaches from Small Business Center at CVCC and the Small Business Technology and Development Center coordinated through the Chamber.

To see more about the Edison Project, as well as our 2017 finalists, visit the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce website. Thank you to our generous sponsors who funded 100% of the seed investment dollars: Alex Lee, Inc., Catawba County, Lenoir Rhyne University Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship, Concept Frames, Inc., Catawba Valley Community College, Catawba County Economic Development Corporation - Committee of 100, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and Burke County Chamber of Commerce.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to our 2017 Edison Project Co-Chairs Jeff Neuville, Director of the CVCC Small Business Center, and Byron Hicks, Regional Director of the Small Business Technology and Development Center.


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