The City of Auburn, in partnership with Auburn University and others, will host a new event in December that focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in the city.
The public can attend the all-day Auburn Innovation Fest on Dec. 8 at the Alfa Insurance Pavilion at Ag Heritage Park free of charge, though two events require registration.
Auburn High School student will kick off the event at 9 a.m. with Junior Tiger Cage Pitch, a competition in which student teams pitch preliminary business ideas. The competition is open to the public, and judges will select three winning teams and offer feedback to the students, according to a city press release.
Later in the day, Auburn University students will have a similar opportunity to pitch their business ideas through the Tiger Cage Elevator Pitches segment of the event.
University students competing in the Tiger Cage competition will give their pitches to compete for prizes and to help strengthen their business idea, according to the Auburn Innovation Fest website.
The event will close out beginning at 4 p.m. with the Alabama Launchpad Competition Finale Event, in which selected teams from around the state give presentations similar to the entrepreneurship reality show "Shark Tank" as they compete for up to $250,000. Registration is required to attend.
The Alabama Lauchpad program supports high-growth, innovative startups across the state and is for new, innovative ventures that are at their beginning phase or for existing businesses moving into a new high-growth market, according to its website.
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Registration and a full schedule of events can be found on the event website.
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