You are invited to take the podium and pitch your startup or business idea at the Minute to Pitch It event. All qualified contestants will have the opportunity to heighten their chances of winning the grand prize by giving a one-minute pitch of their business to a room full of their peers, local media and distinguished guests. All you have to do is register for the contest, then sign up to pitch at the event.

Grand prize consists of $15,000 cash plus professional consultation with a ProAdvisor accounting firm and a marketing and brand assessment with a professional marketing agency. The program is accepting entries into the contest until Jan. 17, 2014 on the contest website at Businesses can increase their chances of winning by sharing a picture or a video through Twitter or Instagram, using the hashtag #kickstartKW.