What is it?

Best in the West is meant to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit in West Tennessee by connecting local entrepreneurs to funding and a collaborative community. 


Best in the West is open to new business concepts or existing businesses poised for growth and in West Tennessee. We're looking for contestants from all sectors and industries: technology, artists and makers, medical innovations, consumer products, student entrepreneurs, app development and more.

Contestants will apply by completing both the application and video questionnaire (both need to be completed to be considered for the contest) by October 25, 11:59pm. We will select three Finalists, based on the judging criteria below. Applicants will be notified by November 1st of their status.


Is your idea the Best in the West?

Complete both the application and video questionnaire by October 25, 11:59 p.m. to be considered.




  • $1,500 cash

  • 12-month CO:Member Membership ($900 value)

  • Marketing Credit with Adelsberger Marketing ($1,000 value)

  • One 1/2 page ad in the Our Jackson Home Journal ($300 value)

  • theCO: Event Space Rental for one day for a promotional event ($500 value)

  • participation in our CO.STARTERS program ($250 value)

  • Makerspace on-boarding and 20 hours of tool usage for signage ($125 value)

*Finalists should be aware that one component of the criteria for the Grand Prize involves the Audience Choice, so all in attendance at the Best in the West event will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite Finalist.