Program offers rewards for new business leads

Kevin Allen

A good business idea could turn into cash or your own business with the “Buck$ for Bright Ideas” competition, which lasts through April 15.

“Buck$ for Bright Ideas” is a publicly funded program that offers financial rewards for new business ideas, products and inventions, according to the program’s website.

The competition is designed to encourage innovators to take their ideas for new businesses, products and inventions and commercialize them into productive businesses, according to the website.

Winners of the competition can win free market and patent research, accounting support and other business assistance in addition to cash prizes of up to $25,000, according to the website.

All applicants can get free one-on-one professional assistance for their ideas and all applications will be held in strict confidence, said Jeff Hook, director of operations for the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center.

There will be an awards banquet on April 28 at the Central Region ICC for all participants, according to the website.

Any resident of Warren County or full-time student at WKU can apply.

The application is available online at, and should be sent to the Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center at 2413 Nashville Road, Small Business Accelerator suite B8.

For more information, visit the website or call Hook at (270) 901-3490.