2022 Charlie Walker Entrepreneurial Challenge

Salina, KS

Business application deadline
March 11, 2022
Judge sign-up deadline
March 4, 2022
Entry Fee
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The first annual Charlie Walker Entrepreneurial Challenge will be held on Friday, March 11 at 6pm at The Temple- Salina Innovation Foundation (336 S. Santa Fe). The Challenge is open to residents of Saline, Ellsworth, McPherson, Dickinson, and Ottawa counties. 

The entrepreneurial challenge is named in honor of local businessman Charlie Walker, the founder of Blue Beacon Truck Wash, Rolling Hills Zoo, and numerous other businesses. Mr. Walker spent his entire lifetime dedicated to local philanthropy and community support prior to passing away in 2012. His family continues Charlie's commitment to the Salina community through a broad range of civic causes.

The competition consists of three elements:
  • Full business plan (limited to 12 pages)
  • Elevator pitch video (2-3 minute video)
  • Live pitch presentation (5 minutes) followed by judge Q&A

1st Place- $8000 cash prize
2nd Place- $5000 cash prize
3rd Place- $3000 cash prize

Presented by JRI Hospitality and The Bennington State Bank

Application for the competition consists of uploading full business plan, as well as the URL link to a 2-3 minute elevator pitch video that summarizes your business. Application deadline is March 4, 2022 at 11:59pm. Ten (10) applicants will then be chosen to move on and compete on March 11th at 6pm for the live pitch presentation and Q&A.  Emceed by Todd Welsh, this promises to be an exciting night of innovation and celebration!

Schedule and key dates

Application deadline is Friday, March 4th at 11:59pm.

The live pitch competition concludes an entire week of entrepreneurial events:

Monday, March 7th @ 4pm (City of Salina)
Signing of Entrepreneurship Week Resolution by City Commission

Monday, March 7th @ 6pm (Kansas State University-Salina)
Salina Small Business Roundtable

Tuesday, March 8th @ 9am-1pm (Salina Area Technical College)
Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge with USD 305

Wednesday, March 9th @ 6pm (The Temple)
Women In Business Panel

Thursday, March 10th @ 6pm (Visit Salina Annex)
Social Media Marketing Workshop

Friday, March 11th @ 6pm (The Temple)
Charlie Walker Entrepreneurial Challenge- Top Ten Finalists

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StartUp Salina

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336 South Santa Fe Avenue
Salina, KS 67401


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