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Our Text voting period has ended.

Thank you all for joining in to vote your favorite business as the People's Choice Award for the 2021 Idea Leap Grant Initiative.

Your beloved community businesses have compiled their hearts and souls into a 5-minute video, showcasing their entrepreneurial passions and industry "know-how." Here's where their fans, family, and startup community can pitch in; cast your vote for your favorite TVFCU Idea Leap Grant Top 10 Finalist!

The finalist business with the greatest number of text votes by end-of-day 5:00 p.m. ET, Friday, September 10, will be named TVFCU’s Idea Leap Grant "People’s Choice" vote and placed as one of the top five finalists. This finalist will be in the running to win $21,000!

Timeline for voting, judging period and StartUp Week Chattanooga program information below.

You have Questions & We've got Answers:

Q: When can I vote? 

A: The voting period has ended. Idea Leap Grant People’s Choice voting will begin at 8:00 a.m., Friday, September 3, and will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, September 10. To know exactly when voting opens, follow TVFCU on Facebook amd Instagram. 

Q: How many times can I vote? 

A: You can vote once, so one vote per device. 

Q: How many winners will be selected from the “People’s Choice Award”? 

A: The semifinalist with the most votes will be named TVFCU’s Idea Leap Grant People’s Choice finalist. The People’s Choice finalist and four other finalists who are selected by Idea Leap Grant judges will advance for their chance to win one of five grants totaling $58,000 (First place: $21,000, second place: $15,000, third place: $10,000, fourth place: $7,000 and fifth place: $5,000).  

Q: How can I see who wins?

A: The People's Choice winner is Chatt Taste Food Tours! Congratulations.

TVFCU’s Fourth Annual Idea Leap Grant Pitch Competition will take place during Startup Week Chattanooga on Tuesday, Oct. 19. TVFCU is closely monitoring the COVID-19 surge. For the health and wellbeing of all involved, TVFCU may have to pivot from an in-person event to a virtual event. Follow TVFCU on social media for the latest competition details. Watch the Virtual Idea Leap Grant Pitch Night on Tuesday, Oct. 19, time TBD on TVFCU's YouTube and Facebook page. Follow TVFCU on social media for details leading up to the event. 

2021 Idea Leap Grant Timeline

People's Choice, Community Text Voting

Friday, September 3 - Friday, Semtember 10

Top 5 Finalists Announced

On or about September 15

Virtual Pitch Competition

Tuesday, Oct. 19, time TBD


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