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“We have 14 entries and two student entries that were accepted,” R3bi Director Fred Green said. “We had some from outside our area. I got one from New York. I got one from Florida.”
Of the 16 submitted plans submitted by the Sept. 5 midnight deadline, 12 were from Lamar County, with the rest from Hopkins County, Hunt County, Red River County and Franklin County.
“I’m a little disappointed. We had seven other people who registered buy missed the deadline,” Green said. “I feel when you’re going to hand somebody a $10,000 prize, there should be a little more response from the entrepreneurs and business community. The quality of the submissions is extremely good, and the judges have a tough decision.”
Those judges include:
The top three semifinalists will be invited to submit a YouTube video making an elevator pitch based on their business plans. Those videos will be used to help select the winner. The winners are expected to be announced by the end of the month.