Pitch Herkimer County

Friday, February 19th, 2021

 Pitch Herkimer County is a county-wide live pitch competition that brings the entrepreneurial spirit to life, pairing aspiring entrepreneurs with a diverse cast of judges tasked with helping them kick start the next big idea! After all, even a great idea could use a little support. And with a $5,000 grant prize on the line, the pressure is on! 

Judging: Judges will review all submitted business plans and discuss the pitch prior to pitch day

Eligibility: The competition is open to Herkimer County residents and businesses only. Must be a start-up or in business for less than one year.

Awards and Prizes: $5,000 plus pro bono support from various organizations. There will be four additional awards of $500 each for runners up with pro-bono support as well.

More Information: For additional information, email or call the IDA office at (315) 866-3000

Contest Timeline

Rules and Requirements

Meet the Judges

Herkimer County Microenterprise Grant Program

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

The Herkimer County Microenterprise Grant is available through the state Community Development Block Grant and the Office of Homes and Community Renewal. 

Through the program, the HCIDA will be able to award $5,000 to $35,000 to private, for-profit businesses, located within Herkimer County, that employ five or fewer people, including the owner(s).


The grant can be used for inventory, machinery and equipment, or furniture and fixtures. Priority projects include those involving tourism, downtown locations, and dairy processing.


Anyone interested can find an application on the HCIDA website ( or can email Victoria Adams, IDA Adiministrative Assistant at (

Streaming of IDA Board of Directors' Meetings

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

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