Carly Stout, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
Invest 606, a business accelerator serving Eastern and Southern Kentucky, recently announced the winners of its 2021 Pitch Competition held on April 17 in Williamsburg. Eight finalists from eight different counties in the region competed for a chance to win a $15,000 grand prize, $7,500 second place, $3,500 third place, and $2,500 Community Development Impact Award.
The grand prize winner of $15,000 was none other than Print My Threads, owned by Kyle Robinson and located in Greenup County.
Robinson and the other finalists had eight minutes to tell the panel of judges why they needed the $15,000 grand prize. Robinson said that Print My Threads helps people “create a better shirt to engage their audience, tell their story, and grow their cause because we believe that a better shirt, that tells a better story, has the power to create a better world.”
“When I showed up to the competition, I kept envisioning Print My Threads written out on the $15,000 check,” said Robinson. “I was super nervous, but I’d spent countless hours working on, refining, and rehearsing my pitch – so I knew I was ready to go when it was time to present.”
The mission of Invest 606 is to catalyze business growth in the 606 by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed today and grow tomorrow. Invest 606’s founding partners include the University of the Cumberlands, the James Graham Brown Foundation, and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, according to a press release. The nonprofit is founded and led by Dr. Geoff Marietta, Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of the Cumberlands, which also serves as the home office of Invest 606.
Robinson said that businesses are required to apply for the program, and once accepted you go through a six-month mentorship, site visits to the other participating businesses in the accelerator, etc.
With the $15,000 grand prize, Print My Threads intends to upgrade their services.
“For the past several years we’ve been building out a custom order management system that we can use to run our business,” said Robinson. “Last year we integrated this with the first version of our Client Portal that allows our customers to manage all aspects of their apparel orders online. We plan to use the money to fund the development of the second version that will add new features, increase efficiency, and save both us and our customers more time and money.”
Robinson has been building his business for the past 12 years. “We’ve built out systems and technology to help our clients ‘get their shirt together’ and ultimately save them a lot of time and money,” said Robinson.
For more information on Print My Threads visit their social media at Facebook.com/PrintMyThreads or website at printmythreads.com, or contact by phone at 606.833.0335.