The Launch Place has announced the top 10 business finalists for the fifth annual Big Launch Challenge on Wednesday in Danville.

This competition provides startups with business networking and investment opportunities where two will walk away with checks totaling $20,000.

“The goal of the Big Launch Challenge is to provide early-stage startups the opportunity to pitch their ideas to investors, and for The Launch Place Pre-Seed and Seed Fund to generate deal flow,” said The Launch Place President and CEO Eva Doss.

The Launch Place is entrepreneurial development organization based in Danville.

These finalists will be given 12 minutes to present their business plans to a panel of judges and will then go through a short question and answer block.

This year, Paul Singh, founder of Disruption Corporation and serial investor in more than 2,200 companies, will be the keynote speaker for the event and will join the panel of judges during the competition.

Singh will be in Danville on Tuesday-Thursday as part of his American Tech Tour meeting with entrepreneurs, community leaders and established businesses.

The challenge is free to attend, but registration is required.

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