SlingShot Polk is now positioning itself to solve Polk's Biggest Problems every year! The goal is to leverage our young, creative, and talented innovators by engaging them with private and civic leaders to solve a problem that matters to Polk County and its residents. Our hope is that through this effort we will achieve actionable steps for change as well as an increased retainment of our best and brightest in Polk County.
Middle, high school, and college students and innovators under the age of 30 are invited to enter plans outlining a solution to one of Polk's biggest problems. First, second, and third place winners in two contest categories will receive thousands of dollars in cash prizes. While SlingShot Polk is administered by the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, it is a county-wide initiative.
Entries must include a 1-page business summary to be submitted online at www.SlingShotPolk.com by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Ten semifinalists will be selected to receive mentoring and present their plans at a final event on Monday, April 16, 2018, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Gram Parsons Derry Down, 297 5th St NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881. Those interested in entering the competition can find helpful information at www.SlingShotPolk.com.
SlingShot Polk is sponsored and supported by:
Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College
Bill and Dena Rhey
Central Florida Development Council, Inc.
Georges Family Trust
Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
Hamic Previte & Sturwold, P.A.
InTouch, Fleet Intelligence Simplified
Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.
Main Street Winter Haven
Joe and Kim Childs
Polk County Public Schools
Saint Leo University Lakeland Education Center
Webber International University
Winter Haven Economic Development Council, in partnership with: BB&T, The Becky and Baxter Troutman Family, Straughn & Turner P.A., Citizens Bank & Trust, CNP Agency, TECO, and Pennoni