"Get Started" competition supports local entrepreneurs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- In a competition similar to Shark Tank, entrepreneurs from Gainesville pitched their ideas Tuesday night for a prize package of $25,000.

It's called "Get Started" which was hosted by Cox.

More than 40 organizations applied and 5 were chosen to compete.

"From how to open up a coconut last year, a lot of technological things. This year we have some more great finalists with just some really clever ideas. it's kinda cool to see what's out there and what's on the horizon,” Cam Johnson, Manager for Public Affairs at Cox, said.

The organizations "Palmetto and Pine", "Aha Pure Foods", "Precision One Health", "Niekaab", and "Qu Parking" brought their ideas to a panel of judges.

"Aha Pure Foods", a plant-based food company, took home the grand prize.