Kitsap Bank has announced the five finalists in the third annual edg3 FUND Small Business Competition. These companies, chosen in part by a public vote, will move on to compete in the final phase of the competition, edg3 FUND Live, on Thursday, November 17th at 5:30pm at Kitsap Conference Center at Harborside in Bremerton. There, the finalists will present their pitches before a live audience and an independent panel of judges; and the winner will be awarded with $20,000.
“We were very impressed with the caliber of businesses represented in our semifinalist grouping, and their commitment to bettering their communities is truly inspirational,” stated Tony George, Kitsap Bank President/COO. “The five finalists selected represent diverse industries ranging from agriculture to alternative energy, finance and tiny home building.
The following companies were selected as finalists for the edg3 FUND Live competition:
Brett Marlo Design Build Gig Harbor, WA
BridgeCare Finance Mount Vernon, WA
JikoPower Inc. Auburn, WA
Sequim Bee Farm Port Angeles, WA
Silver Creek Angus, LLC Kingston, WA
The public is encouraged to attend edge3 FUND Live on November 17th and support their favorite finalist. Tickets are available at edg3fund2016.brownpapertickets.com
Who will get the edg3?
Kitsap Bank has established an additional $5,000 cash prize, the Community edg3 Award, for this year’s competition. The $5,000 prize will be awarded to one business selected from the semi-finalist pool that, in the judges’ opinions, best embodies the spirit of community, based upon their submitted application and video. The award will be presented at the edg3 FUND Live event
“We are thrilled and honored to welcome back David Giuliani, John Eisenhauer, and Jill Bamburg as part of our panel of judges. Each of these professionals is an esteemed member of the Greater Puget Sound business community, and are each entrepreneurs and professionals in their own right,” stated George. “These individuals will make the all-important determination of who will be awarded the $20,000 grand prize.”
The panel of judges will include:
David Giuliani, Co-Founder Washington Business Alliance; Co-founder/CEO and Chief Inventor of the Sonicare company, sold to Philips. Co-founder/CEO of Clarisonic Company, sold to L'Oreal in 2011.
John Eisenhauer, Founder/CEO & CTO Kombi Corporation; Founder/President Mercury Online Solutions, Inc. acquired by 3M Corporation in 2005.
Jill Bamburg, Former President and Co-Founder of Pinchot University. Worked in adult education (Antioch University/Seattle), high tech marketing (Aldus Corporation), and community and environmental journalism (High Country News, Jackson Hole News and Guide).
The mission of edg3 FUND (rhymes with hedge fund) is to recognize entrepreneurs dedicated to growing their community in three ways: economically, socially, and environmentally. The bank received numerous applications from entrepreneurs throughout Western Washington representing industries ranging from food/beverages and tourism to arts, technology and agriculture.
Established August 8, 1908, Kitsap Bank is headquartered in Port Orchard, WA, operating 21 locations throughout Western Washington. With over $1 billion in assets, the Bank provides a full range of financial services to commercial and individual clients. Kitsap Bank has been named a Preferred Lender by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a Corporate Philanthropist by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Kitsap Bank is ranked the 10th largest bank based in the State of Washington and is the second largest women-owned business, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. The Bank was named Family Owned Business of the Year in 2015 by Seattle Business magazine. For more information, visit www.kitsapbank.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.