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StartUp MHK

The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in the Manhattan community, and Peoples State Bank is proud to present an event created to bolster that pervasive spirit and strengthen its foundation - StartUp MHK. Each fall, competitors gather to pitch their businesses and ideas to a panel of qualified and connected judges – all for a chance to win cash prizes and gain valuable exposure.

Registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 29.

Over $20,000 will be awarded in the following categories:

TECH: Products or software that provide technological advancement or services that benefit the technology realm.
NON-TECH: Products, goods or services that would be considered “non-technical” compete in this category.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Knock the audience’s socks off with your pitch for a chance to win this one!

*Note – The winner of the other categories ARE eligible to win the People's Choice category as well.

Important Dates


Lead-Up Event, The Fellow Coworking Space - Thursday, Sept. 16 - 4:30 -5:30 PM 
Join StartUp MHK for an informational happy hour at The Fellow. A 2020 StartUp MHK Winner - Bug Hounds - will be giving their pitch live, followed by advice to perfect your pitch and Q&A.

Pitch Video Submission, Qualifier Round - Submission Ends Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Virtual/Online
All pitch videos are due for the qualifying round BY 11:59 pm Wednesday, September 29th (video submissions will be accepted before this date). Pitches will be viewed and scored, and 5-8 qualifiers will be selected for the final round. All competitors will be notified of their qualifying status on October 4th.  

Final Event - Saturday, Oct. 9 - 9:30 - 11:30 AM 
*StartUp MHK Pitch Day*
*Pre-registration required, see registration page for details
*Finalists will present their pitch in person to the judging panel. We are hopeful this event will be open to the public. Details TBD. 

Proud to Support Our Community

Pitch your business ideas for a chance to win cash prizes and gain valuable exposure at StartUp MHK, presented by Peoples State Bank! Registration is open until Wednesday, Sept. 29.

StartUp MHK provides both competing tech and non-tech businesses an opportunity to win money from its $20,000 prize pool.

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