The judging panel for the competition will consist of Jason Duff, Lauren Tiffan and Matthew Davis.
Duff is the founder of Small Nation, which encompasses a group of companies, leaders and investors who develop places, spaces for small towns and small town entrepreneurs across the country, according to his website.
Duff is also a regular contributor to Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc magazines and was recognized by the White House as one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs of 2013 and 2015.
Tiffan serves on the board of the Aruna Project, an anti-human trafficking organization. She has also created her own startup, worked in startups and worked for startups as a consultant.
Tiffan is currently creating and managing Air Force SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) programming.
Davis is the co-founder and CEO of COhatch, a work and social space startup born in 2016 that has quickly grown to 12 locations in Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and soon, Springfield.
He is also an active investor in small businesses, serving as a partner in Mesh Fitness in Dublin and Bubble’s Tea and Juice Company, which has numerous locations in the Dublin and Columbus area.
Springfield Hustles Final Pitch will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the John Legend Theater located at 700 S. Limestone St. in Springfield. The event is free and open to public. Tickets are not required.