LITTLE ROCK - Entrepreneurs from across the Delta region will be able to compete for business training and access to potential investors in the third annual Delta Challenge, the Delta Regional Authority said Monday.

The challenge will begin with a competition at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock on Sept. 13. Five additional competitions in other Delta states will follow.

Twenty entrepreneurs and 16 support organizations will be chosen to be part of the DRA’s Delta Entrepreneurship Network, receive $40,000 worth of training and make pitches to investors during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in March.

DRA Chairman Chris Masingill said in a news release he dreams of a day when the Delta, like Silicon Valley, is synonymous with entrepreneurship.

“Our region has low taxes and low energy costs, we have access to ports and natural resources — all essential components for attracting and growing businesses. Now we need our hard-working people to step up and test their ideas,” he said.

Entrepreneurs interested in competing can register for each competition at www.dra.gov/entrepreneur, where they must submit a business summary at least a week before the competition they plan to attend.