Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition

Join us June 15 for this free event and watch the finalists compete!

SOAR received nearly 30 applications from 14 different counties.

Seven finalists were selected to compete for the $10,000 grand prize.

Finalists will compete on Thursday, June 15 at Morehead State University beginning at 6 p.m. Following the competition there will be a short networking  reception while photos are taken. This a FREE event for guests.

Meet the Finalists

Brayden Harris


Wolfe/Breathitt County

Payton May


Pike County

Kyle Turner

1620 Distilling Company

Floyd County

Payton Cory Keathley

Xiled Inc.

Pike County

TJ Rayhill

Bluegrass Crickets

Casey County

Elijah Jensen

BlackBox Energy Systems

Bath County

Nathan Lyttle

Queen City Streams (QCS)

Perry County

2022 Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition Recap

The 2022 Startup Appalachia Pitch Competition, presented by Community Trust Bancorp, was held on June 23 at the First Federal Center on the campus of Hazard Community and Technical College. it was held in conjunction with our FOCUS Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, presented by Kentucky Power.

35 startups from 24 counties competed for a $10,oo0 grand prize.

Safari Car Wash Solutions and owner Dakota Hoskins took home the top prize. Learn more about the 2022 competition and winners here.

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