SlingShot Polk Business Plan Competition Offers Cash, Mentoring to Student Entrepreneurs

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Young entrepreneurs in Polk County have a chance to win cash and mentoring from experts thanks to a new competition spearheaded by local education and business leaders.

Small businesses represent 98% of the employers in the state of Florida, demonstrating the need for businesses and educators to encourage creative entrepreneurship that drives the state’s economic growth.

High school and college students under age 25 are invited to enter business plans outlining a new idea or venture that provides measurable benefit to the Polk County region. Teams with up to four members are also eligible.

Entries must include a one-page summary business plan and are submitted online at Judges will select up to 12 semi-finalists from entries submitted by January 30.

Students interested in entering the competition can find helpful videos and tips on entrepreneurship at and