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WILMINGTON – The 12th annual New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Emerging Enterprise Center’s Swim with the Sharks pitch competition is open for Delaware startups.

Chris Boozer The Trash Porters Wilmington Swim with the Sharks Emerging Enterprise Center

Chris Boozer, center, won the 2023 Swim with the Sharks pitch competition. | PHOTO COURTESY OF EEC/CREATIVE IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATIE SICA

The contest is available to for-profit businesses that have been in business for less than five years and are located within the traditional service areas of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce which includes New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. Entrants must have a valid Delaware business license, presence in the state, and be available to pitch live on September 25, 2024, in Wilmington, Delaware.

The chamber offers several prizes including a $10,000 cash prize, a one year membership in the Emerging Enterprise Center Virtual Incubator Program, a one year chamber membership, and a $1,400 valued marketing package.

Last year, a Wilmington-based startup, The Trash Porters, won the grand prize. Chris Boozer started the waste management valet company to help local residents with their trash needs. The company comes direct to doorsteps once every weekday to collect trash and twice a week to collect recycling, properly disposing of it off-site.

Businesses can apply for the competition by July 31. For more information about the competition, click here.

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