It didn't seem like it could get any bigger after Think Big Partners announced the People's Choice Award, the $100,000 Grand Prize and the $250,000 Born Global Award at The Gigabit Challenge Finale. But the truth of the matter is, last night's celebration was only the beginning for both the winners and for Think Big.
Sonia Lin of Kauzu may have said it best: "Winning this is really just the beginning. There is now even more to accomplish."
After being bombarded by various media outlets, fans and family/friends, the three winners of The Gigabit Challenge joined Think Big Partners and many attendees at an after party near Kansas City's Power and Light District. There, everyone from Google engineers to TGC judges enjoyed networking, cocktails and celebration.
But it wasn't all fun and games. After all, we are in the world of entrepreneurship. Therefore, Finalists and the team of Think Big Partners were still on-the-clock networking with the right people and interviewing with big-time media outlets such as TechCrunch, the Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Business Journal.
Although The Gigabit Challenge is now over, Think Big Partners is busier than ever. What can we do for the entrepreneurs who didn't win? How will we start working with SEIN Analytics and Asset Management to make their startup a big success? When will Google Fiber come so we can start the high-speed Fiber craze? Many questions still remain, but one thing is for sure: The Gigabit Challenge built awareness and buzz around Kansas City entrepreneurship and the coming of Google Fiber. And because of it, more entrepreneurs are able to accomplish more of their dreams...and that's why Think Big Partners is around in the first place.
A huge thank you to our volunteers, judges, advisory board members, vendors, live bloggers, attendees and contestants! The event would not have been possible without you.
Stay tuned for pictures, video and more posts about post-Gigabit Challenge happenings. Click here for information about The Gigabit Challenge winners.