BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (April 30, 2012) — Entrants in the 2012 Buck$ for Bright Ideas program will learn if they are eligible for awards during an awards banquet Wednesday, May 2 at Western Kentucky University’s Center for Research and Development, 2413 Nashville Road.
Buck$ for Bright Ideas is a publicly funded program that encourages residents in the western Kentucky region to move forward with their ideas.
Up to 100 entrants are expected at the banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. Prizes valued up to $25,000 will be awarded, said Doug Rohrer, associate vice president for research and development at WKU and executive director of the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center.
“Many people in our part of the state have innovative ideas that could become the foundation for a new business,” Rohrer said. “Some of those people need help moving forward toward commercialization. The Central Region ICC is here to help with that effort. Our business development experts will work with them to turn their idea into a business reality.”
Mutiple winners will receive free services from regional professional firms for market research, patent research, accounting support, product design help and more. All applicants are eligible to receive one-on-one assistance with their idea at no charge.
Applicants must reside in one of the 26 counties of the central region or be a full-time student at a college or university within the region. The region includes Daviess, McLean, Ohio, Hancock, Butler, Logan, Simpson, Warren, Allen, Barren, Edmonson, Grayson, Breckinridge, Meade, Hardin, Nelson, Washington, Hart, Larue, Marion, Green, Taylor, Metcalfe, Adair, Cumberland and Monroe.