I'm new here and have been looking around to find a answers but have come up short. I like to consider myself a 22 year old entrepenuer and nursing student who has a great idea for a business but not the funding and experience to get the ball rolling. I have the domain, facebook and twitter along with a 10 slide powerpoint to give a brief overview of how the business will work with how the homepage, sign-up/log in and a few other basic things will look. but anyway. I found this site while looking for help to get my business idea rolling and figured it won't hurt to ask.
1. There is a "business bout" in my area that entrepreneurs and small business owners under 1 year old can submit there idea and have a chance to win 5k to kick start your business. Should i submit my idea?
2. I feel like i should try and file a patent but i hear they cost alot of money(that I don't have)
3. Should i try and submit my idea to a venture capital firm and get funding? My family doesn't have the funds to help me and I'm sure my bank won't give me the money and i would feel bad asking a friends weathy parents to try and help.
4. I have no business background and not really sure where to start. I have the idea down and there is less then a handful of competitors that I have found searching all over the internet. I would just like to have someone who has started there own business give me a few pointers on where to start..