Organizers of the SIUE Metro East Start Up Challenge will announce its winners on Thursday. The original field of about 25 entries has been narrowed to the final seven. Those finalists will pitch their business during a 5-minute presentation.

Metro East SBDC Director Jo Ann May tells The Big Z what the judges will be looking for.

Click here for May's comments

The first-place winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize. Two runners-up will receive $6,000 and $4,000 respectively. Regions Bank is sponsoring a $1,000 fourth place prize this year.

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