It’s Coral Springs’ version of “Shark Tank.” Kind of.
City officials are looking for creators, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and artists to compete for cash, prizes, and free publicity in the third annual “Innovate and Unplugged” event series on Feb. 21-22, which is organized by the city of Coral Springs and Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
Here’s how the event works.
First, anyone interested in competing must fill out an application. Here’s the link to the application.
Then, those selected through the application process will get to “pitch” their ideas to a panel of judges on Feb. 21 from 5-8 pm on the Downtown Coral Springs Great Lawn at 9500 W. Sample Road.
And finally, on Feb. 22 from 6-10 pm, all featured creators will get a booth on the Downtown Coral Springs Great Lawn to showcase their ideas or products at the city’s outdoor music and food festival Unplugged.
The top two winners -- the “judge favorite” and the “crowd favorite” -- will be announced in front of more than 3,500 people attending the event. Organizes did not say how much money and what kinds of prizes will be awarded. Winners will also get print, web and/or social media exposure from the city and CRA.
Officials said the event offers creators an opportunity to share their ideas with new audiences, including potential investors who may be in the crowd or may learn about them through the event’s publicity.
“Innovate Downtown is one of the many progressive activities our Economic Development Office offers to assist entrepreneurs and businesses prosper in the City of Coral Springs,” City Manager Frank Babinec said in a news release.
Last year’s winners were:
-- Aaron Kleinert, whose company StrawFish is described as a social venture with the mission of removing single-use plastics from our oceans – one straw at a time.
-- Erik Mintz, whose company Two Degrees has a proprietary algorithm that uses geo-location, phone and email contacts to spread awareness of local daily deals.
The deadline to complete the event application is Jan. 31. Those selected to compete will be notified Feb. 7.