LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's sort of a local version of the television show "Shark Tank," in which participants get 60 seconds to make their pitches for the next great business.

Startup Weekend kicks off in Louisville Friday night at the Gigabit Experience Center. It gives people who attend a chance to network and pitch their business ideas.

Participants vote on the top 10 ideas. Those teams get coaching and mentoring from entrepreneurs, business owners and marketing experts. 

"This would be an amazing opportunity for a very early stage idea because these are the kinds of things people don't have the resources for," said Paul Blakeley, the lead organizer for the event. "Consultations with creative agencies like Jump -- this is worth almost $1,000 just for the consultation."

It runs through Sunday and ends with the winner being awarded a $3,500 prize package -- including more coaching and mentoring.

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