Innovation Challenge

Applications Are Now Being Reviewed!

Think Dutchess is delighted at the overwhelming response to our first Innovation Challenge! Receiving more applications than we ever anticipated, we are inspired by the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit that lives in Dutchess County.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Pitch Competition at Marist College where the top two entrepreneurs in the Young Business and Pre-Venture categories will present their pitches to a panel of judges and a live audience who will help influence innovation!

To be a part of this event PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE:


Contestants will be competing for an opportunity to win big prizes to support their startup including:

  • cash prizes
  • professional business services
  • research, marketing, and promotional guidance
  • networking opportunities
  • invitation to the Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards

Purchase your tickets HERE!


This event could not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Think Dutchess would like to thank the following for their role in influencing innovation:

Partner Sponsor:

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A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agencies under one unified vision for one-stop shop site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking.