Do You Love Great Ideas?

Join us for The Launchpad pitch event!

Come See Blount County Launch!
6pm - Thursday, May 9th, 2024
White Star Station,
133 W Broadway Avenue,
Maryville, TN
Join Us on the Launchpad!
Be a part of the biggest pitch event in Blount County.

Enjoy an evening of:
• Networking
• Blount County Celebrities
• Audience Participation
• Hors d'oeuvres & Cash Bar

Operates with support from Launch Tennessee’s Community Partner Program


Joy Carver
Founder of
Dandy Lions Gifts
Abhijit Verekar
Founder of
Avero Advisors
Aaron Owen
Knoxville Market
for Pathway Lending


Michael Galyean
"The Dancing
Blue Shirt Guy"
This explosive pitch event will bring 5 Blount County finalists together to present their unique ideas to celebrity judges and an audience of around 100 Blount County movers and shakers.

Each finalist will be able to win have the chance to win 1 of 2 prizes.
Judges' Choice
The 3 Blount County celebrity judges will determine their pick for the best ideas and will award the pitcher $2,500  to go toward making their concept a reality.
Audience Choice
$5 per Vote
Each audience member will place votes for $5 per vote and the pitcher with the most votes will receive the total amount for the number of votes they receive. This will amount to $5 per awarded vote (minus processing fees).
Interested in pitching your BIG IDEA?
Fill out the form below to submit your idea for our Launch Pad event.
We will contact you to set up a time to go over your idea in more detail and potentially be selected as one of our 5 finalists.
Deadline for applications is April 19, 2024
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The Contestants
Valerie Colclough
The Brew-Ha-Ha
Raised Valley Ranch is a community service offering sessions that incorporate horses to help teach life-skills such as confidence and boundaries to those who need them and are ready to level up in their lives.
Brian and Cindy Canfield
Harvest Thyme
Remember opening presents as a kid, and the excitement of getting a toy you really wanted? Bring back the magic with all your vintage favorites under one roof. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Clutter Toys and Comics: Relive your childhood; no, no – THE GOOD PARTS!
Cheyanne Marston
CC Marston & Co.
I am Pamela Savell, aka Drama Mama, and I own and operate The Adventure Playhouse. We offer theatre education with a twist, teaching performance and production lessons for all ages!
Ashley Merrick
United Capping
At Insight Code Consulting, we offer expert building code oversight of your proposed construction plans to keep your project on time and on budget. Fixing 2D plans is always cheaper than in the 3D world.
Catherine Ensworth
Smocked Revival
At Lil Cub Den, kids freely explore carefully curated play equipment while parents encourage them. Families can enjoy specialty crafted refreshments and shop local treasures in a modern environment and build community with friends.
Thanks to our 2024 Sponsors!
Media Sponsor

Booster Rocket Sponsors

Satellite Sponsors

Fill out our form below to sponsor the Launch Pad.
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