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Win $25,000 for your business!

17 Apr
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Verisign is sponsoring a new contest that could net one lucky small business owner $25,000.Enter the contest, and you could win $25,000 by explaining where a .com/.net will take your business

What does it take to be eligible to win $25,000? Below is what you will need to get ready to enter the contest
Be an actual small business (fewer than 50 employees)
An uploadable photo of your company

Your pitch (video or essay)
Video submissions (must be no longer than two minutes or larger than 2 GB†)
Essay submissions (must be between 100 and 300 words)

For more information and to register, visit http://www.dotnetforsmallbiz.net/

New York Entrepreneurs…Win $15K to Start a Business!!!

19 Nov
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The New York Public Library, with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, announces the New York StartUP! 2011 Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.

The second annual New York StartUp! gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to bolster their business acumen. Competition is open to those who are 18 years of age or older; live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island as a legal resident or U.S. citizen; and wish to start a business in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.

1st Place Award: $15,000. 2nd Place Award: $ 7,500. 3rd Place Award: $ 5,000. 4th Place Award: $ 1,500. 5th Place Award: $ 1,500.

Entry Deadline: December 20th 2010

For more information visit http://ny-startup2011.myreviewroom.com/

Win $5000 in marketing and other fabulous prizes!!!!!

13 Oct

Win Over $5,000 of FREE Marketing from PostcardMania & Women PowerUp, a 3 Month Membership from ShoeDazzle.com and a Rebecca Minkoff Handbag!

PostcardMania wants to hear your story
Just for sharing, you have a chance to win an ultimate marketing makeover for your business, and a couple fabulous things for yourself.

The contest is simple. Postcardmania wants to reward women who strike the balance between work and life. As women business owners, you’ve walked the line and deserve some recognition.

It’s FREE to enter, just answer the question on their website at  http://www.postcardmania.com/fabulous/ and you are on your way to winning a fabulous prize!

Criteria:

• Must be in business for 2 or more years
• Minimum revenue of $50,000/year
• Business must be majority owned by a woman

Contest voting ends November 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.

For more information on Postcardmania (our new favorite company) visit www.postcardmania.com.
 

Do you want to win free office space for a year?

20 Sep
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Enter Regus’ “Show us your office” contest at http://www.showusyouroffice.com/

Contestants can enter a photo or video of their current, less-than-ideal workplace, and site viewers will be able to vote for the entry most deserving of a new office. The 10 entries with the most votes will proceed to the final round of judging. One lucky winner will receive a year of fully furnished, fully equipped office space at any of Regus’ more than 400 U.S. locations. Nine runner-ups will receive Virtual Office Plus packages from Regus, allowing them to work more productively on the go.

GoodLuck!!!

Michigan is offering up to $500k for your start-up…enter contest now!!!

15 Sep
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Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business plan competition which highlights Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity. The competition fuels innovation-based business growth by uncovering the best and brightest new business concepts from local and global entrepreneurs, exposing those opportunities to potential investment capital and fostering their growth within Michigan.

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition targets mid-to-late-stage business start-ups with potential to generate an immediate impact on Michigan’s economy, as well as student concepts with longer-term business viability.

With more than $1 million in cash winnings, plus in-kind awards of services, staffing and software, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is the world’s largest business plan competition.

Currently 2 competitions being held (both have an entry fee):

Eligibility

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is open to any early stage business — from anywhere in the world.  With the exception of the “People’s Choice” and “Tweet” awards, prize winners must have the winning business registered and located in the state of Michigan. For winners not currently located in the state of Michigan to receive the award you must locate your business in Michigan.

Although any business can apply, Accelerate Michigan is targeted at seed-stage innovation-based businesses.  They define seed-stage as: you haven’t raised over $1million of investment, and don’t have more than $1million in annual revenue.

Visit http://www.acceleratemichigan.org/main.cfm?cid=2235 to learn more.

Good Luck!

Chicago listen up! here’s your chance to win $100,000 for you startup

31 Aug
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Midwest Ventures has just launched a competition for startups.

Applications will be accepted until September 5th.

Think your venture is better than the rest? Apply for COMPETE, where Midwest Ventures will be selecting the top 25 startups to be judged by their expert panel. If you are accepted, then you’ll be given a table on the exhibition floor for free. The first round of judging is done à la a science fair, with judges intermingling with attendees to watch your pitch on the exhibition floor. The top five will then be selected for a 3 minute pitch in front of the audience and the panel of judges, where they will undergo a second round of judging. The winner of that pitch competition will take home over $100,000 in cash and services from their sponsors.

Startups applying for the COMPETE category must be less than 3 years old, must have received less than $2m in funding, and must have revenues less than $1m per year. 25 qualifying startups will be chosen and have a free table at midVenturesLAUNCH event, receive media and press on the midVentures LAUNCH website, and their business summaries will be sent to attending investors.

For more information and to learn more about Midwest Ventures upcoming startup and innovation conference visit http://midventureslaunch.com/

Women 2.0 Startup Competition

23 Aug

The 4th Annual PITCH: Women 2.0 Startup Competition is open to early-stage ventures around the world, from high growth business ventures in web 2.0 to mobile, from enterprise web/mobile to consumer clean/biotech. Applying companies must be in beta stage and have not received significant funding. Deadline to apply to PITCH is October 1st, 2010.
A handful of startups will be chosen to pitch live in San Francisco at the 4th Annual PITCH Night on November 4th, 2010. Previous years’ prizes included meetings with Michael Moritz (Sequoia Capital), Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and Esther Dyson (investor in companies such as Flickr, del.icio.us, and 23andMe), and a host of startup-friendly services.

Quick Facts about PITCH 2010:

  1. The founding team must have at least one female.
  2. The founding team must have a technologist* on the founding team. A technologist is an engineer, scientist, mathematician, biologist, etc.
  3. Your venture must be in beta. This means you should have a prototype (alpha or beta version) or the product is already in the market.
  4. PITCH is focused on companies with high-growth potential.

Apply to PITCH: Women 2.0 Startup Competition

How to apply to the Women 2.0 PITCH Startup Competition — there are 3 parts:Fill out the application. Once you start an application, you may edit your application anytime prior to the closing date of October 1st, 2010. Application fee is $50 per startup.

Mail in your business model scribbled on a paper napkin — Capture your creativity on the paper napkin with your doodles and drawings. Submit your business idea on a paper napkin no larger than 7×7 inches. Your name and contact info must be on the napkin so we can match it with your online application. Napkins must be received at 63 Bovet Road, #519, San Mateo, CA 94402 no later than October 1st, 2010. Napkins will be exhibited to the public at PITCH Night. By default, your napkin will be exhibited. If you do not wish to participate in the exhibition, state clearly on a note and attach it on the napkin.

Film a 2-minte video pitch — Think of this as a traditional TV commercial, and the audience/viewers are your “perfect” customers. How will you pitch your product to them? The video should be uploaded along with your business plan through Angelsoft. Uploading video takes time and bandwidth, we suggest you do not wait until the deadline to submit your video pitch.

All applications will receive feedback from at least 3 members of the judging panel. Judges are investors and successful entrepreneurs who take time to review your application in detail and provide honest, constructive feedback on your venture and application. For a list of the judging panel, click here.

Finalists will be notified October 14th, 2010 and invited to present at the Women 2.0 PITCH event in San Francisco on November 4th, 2010. If you are selected as a finalist, the entire team must present at PITCH.

Click here for more information: http://www.women2.org/pitch-2010-sponsors-and-judges/#judges

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