For the business community in Carroll County, summer means five budding businesses bring their accounting acumen and on-stage charm to the “Shark Tank”-style pitch-off known as the Carroll Biz Challenge.
The Advisory Committee for the Biz Challenge met Monday and announced the finalists for this year’s competition, set for Thursday, Aug. 8. Happy Hour begins at 5 p.m., and the Live Finale starts at 6 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, at 91 W. Main St. in Westminster.
At the Live Finale, a panel of judges as well as the audience will evaluate the finalists’ rapid-fire presentations. The grand prize is $5,000 cash and additional services valued at over $12,000. The People’s Choice award is $1,000.
The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Biz Challenge each year.
In a news release from the Chamber of Commerce, President Mike McMullin said, “The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Carroll County. With 47 applicants to select from, this was the toughest deliberation process yet. The Live Finale will be outstanding!”
With nearly four-dozen applications, it took nearly two hours of deliberation for the committee to surface the five finalists.
Their selections were Codeland, Battleground Lounge, FishED, KnowMe and The Drifting Dreamers.
Codeland, headed by Robert Holmes, is an educational space for young adults to learn the fundamentals of coding.
Battleground is a gaming, entertainment and lounge center — now open in TownMall of Westminster — focused on bringing people together. Jon Wah, Michael Borris and Anthony DeJesus are the entrepreneurs behind the space.
FishED, led by Brian Wagner, seeks to develop new fish exclusion technology.
KnowMe is working on developing a patent-pending ID that links personal health records (PHR) to doctors and first-responders. Casey Davis is the entrepreneur behind it.
The Drifting Dreamers, a traveling photo booth in a vintage ’68 Volkswagen Bus, is run by Brook and Jeff Schnorr.