People’s Choice Awards FAQ



How do I enter if I already have a business page on HatchPad?

Edit your campaign and add “People’s Choice Awards” under Categories.

Does it cost anything?

No, there are no fees to participate on HatchPad or to enter the contest.

Do I have to have an existing business?

We will be vetting both existing business and future idea submissions.

Can I enter if I am a nonprofit?

Yes, you may enter if you are a nonprofit.

Can I enter if I live outside the United States?

You can enter if you are a citizen or legal resident of the United States and Canada. We are unable to offer cash prizes to individual entries outside the United States or Canada at this time. However, you can still create a business page and promote it. We are working on our international grant plan and will notify you as soon as we are able to offer cash grants outside the United States.

What if I am under the age of 13?

If you are under the age of 13, please have your parents email us as we need their specific consent and they will need to host your profile and page for you.

How do I protect my idea?

Once you post your idea on HatchPad, it is in the public domain. Therefore, be conscious of what you include on your business page. Do not include any proprietary intellectual property information (code, recipes, ingredients, patentable information). HatchPad does not assume any responsibility for protecting the information posted on business pages.

Why do people have to register to like and follow my page?

Just like Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites, we require people to have accounts to interact with other members. In addition, registration will prevent duplicate voting and other ways to hack the system.


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About the Author: Heather Holst-Knudsen

Heather L Holst-Knudsen, a New York City area native and now resident of Sarasota, FL, is the CEO & Founder of KidBacker and HatchPad. A passionate entrepreneur, Heather has founded and led multiple business units for large organizations. She is founder and former President of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, a B2B media platform that connects CXOs in manufacturing with senior level leaders in technology around the world. Manufacturing Enterprise Communications was sold to Frost & Sullivan in August 2012. Prior to Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, Heather was founder and President of Managing Automation Media and TechMatch Solutions, all divisions of Thomas Publishing Company in New York City. Heather is a trusted advisor to many top manufacturing and technology organizations including Cisco, AT&T, Google, SAP, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Ford, L’Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive and more. She has 25 years of B2B media experience, is a veteran digital media expert, and has been in a C-level leadership role for over 20 years. She has won multiple awards for innovation in media. Heather believes in and respects the imagination, creativity, and fearlessness that young business minds bring to the table and is passionate about unleashing their entrepreneurial skills and spirit so they can own their own destiny. Holst-Knudsen has an SBLL from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Heather also is Chairman of the Board and Founder of KidBacker Foundation for Entrepreneurship, a new 501c3 that will award seed grants and scholarships to young entrepreneurs to help fund their education and their businesses.

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