Inaugural 5Across Championship at Velocity pits five winners against each other

Roman Paul and Ember Marr of Camp Darkwood celebrating their win

Roman Paul and Ember Marr of Camp Darkwood celebrating their win

Free tickets are now available for the first 5Across Championship at Velocity on Wednesday, May 28. The championship bring back the five most recent winners of the 5Across business pitch competitions. The winner and runner-up of this event will receive $4,000 and $1,000 of non-dilutive funding, respectively.

5Across is a Shark Tankstyle business pitch competition that originated with Awesome, Inc. in Lexington. Five teams pitch their startups for five minutes for a chance to win $500, every other month at Velocity. There are three “celebrity” judges.

If past events are any indication, there will be free food and drinks.

The championship contenders are (descriptions provided by Velocity):

Camp Darkwood – Part haunted house, part artful storytelling, and truly terrifying. One of the few places in the world where you’re a participant in the nightmare, not just an observer. (Read the IL feature here.)

CurveTrades – Financial data and analytics company focused on yield curve spread analysis, cash/futures basis, cash/futures carry and other aspects of fixed income relative value.

LensFactory – Provides high quality lenses at a great price by giving consumers direct access to the laboratory. (Read the IL feature here.)

Shart – The Shart T-Shirt Frame is the best designed, highest quality, shirt framing system available in the universe. (Read the IL feature here.)

US Chia – Agricultural start-up based in Louisville, Kentucky growing the first and only line of chia seeds that fully mature in the United States. (Read the IL feature here.)

Tickets are on Eventbrite.