Community invited to Innovation Challenge at Kish

Kishwaukee College, the Rochelle Retail Advisory Board and the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Waubonsee Community College are sponsoring the Innovation Challenge, a competition for local entrepreneurs and business owners to present their ideas and compete for prizes. The Innovation Challenge will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Kish Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The Innovation Challenge is a “business idea” competition that focuses on innovative ideas for existing businesses, as well as innovative ideas for launching a new business. Competitors will pitch newly formed ideas, fully developed business plans and/or ideas for business expansion.

Competitors will present a three-minute oral presentation to a panel of expert judges. The top three competitors will receive prizes that include cash, in-kind packages, and possible incubator space.

Community members are encouraged to attend. Guests can park in Lot A and enter through Door 16. Recording devices are prohibited.

For information on the Innovation Challenge, visit or email LaCretia Konan, Kish’s director of business and training partnerships, at or call 815-825-9791.

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