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Invest 606 announces finalists in entrepreneur support program and contest

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Several small business owners in eastern Kentucky are now part of the Invest 606 Accelerator. The program is a six-month training and support course for local entrepreneurs.

Nathan Lyttle owns Queen City Streams, which hosts and streams e-sports, or video game contests. The business’ last event drew nearly 200 people. Lyttle said with the right capital, eastern Kentucky could host a major e-sports competition.

“We would be looking at up to a thousand competitors and even more spectators coming to watch that and be a part of that and stay here with us. That’s my goal in all of this. That’s been the goal since the beginning, and we’ve been building towards that slowly,” said Lyttle.

The Accelerator program culminates in a Pitch Contest in April of next year. Lyttle said winning the grand prize has the potential to help his small business reach their goals and stimulate the economy of eastern Kentucky.

“This would be an investment in the community. Because these events are people that wouldn’t be here normally, and people get to experience eastern Kentucky, local businesses, frequent hotels and restaurants. So, I think an investment here would definitely help us kind of walk on our own and maybe takeoff running,” said Lyttle.

Other small businesses in the running for the $15,000 grand prize include a coffee shop, an arcade, and an early education center.

Invest 606 officials said the nine businesses collectively employ 44 people and generate more than $730,000 in revenue.

The first, second and third place winners will be announced in April of next year.

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Samantha is WEKU's All Things Considered Host and also reports on news of interest in the commonwealth. Sam is a graduate of Morehead State University and worked for MSU's Public Radio Station WMKY.
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