The Shopify Build A Business competition is back, and this time it’s bigger and better than ever.
Here at BizLaunch, we love anything that encourages people to flex their entrepreneurial muscles and dive headfirst into the wonderful world of small business—and that’s exactly what Shopify are doing with the launch of their fourth annual Build A Business Competition.
Over the past three years, the contest has helped create over 15,000 new businesses that have sold over $60 million in products; so if you’ve ever thought about starting your own business or selling something online, now’s the time to take the plunge.
This year they’ve teamed up with The Huffington Post and some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world to help new and emerging stores grow their business, and for the 2013 competition, the nine stores that sell the most in their respective categories over a two-month period will each receive $50,000 in cash and a VIP trip to New York for an exclusive meeting with their competition mentor.
Here’s How It Works:
To participate in this year’s competition, all you have to do is come up with a product to sell, open a Shopify store and pick a category (which will determine your mentor). At the end of the competition, the nine stores that sell the most over any two month period during the competition will each win a $50,000 cash prize and a VIP trip to New York to meet with their mentor.
The competition runs from October 1st, 2013 to May 31st, 2014 and any Shopify store that was opened after June 1st, 2013 may join the competition*.
The Grand Prizes:
Each of the nine competition winners will receive:
A VIP trip to New York City to meet with their mentors
A complete Shopify POS package, with iPad, allowing you to sell to your customers in-person.
The Categories and Mentors:
Shopify are partnering with some of worlds smartest and most successful entrepreneurs for this years competition; people who’ve all built wildly successful businesses through hard work, dedication, and savvy marketing skills—and now they’re here to help you do the same.
Grand prize winners will get an exclusive meeting with the mentor from their category, and the investment, guidance and personal network that these entrepreneurs bring to the table would bring massive value to any business. In addition to mentoring the winners in person, all entrants will also get exclusive access to mentor advice and content through the Build A Business dashboard during the competition.
So what are you waiting for? You’re only four steps away from the opportunity of a lifetime.
To enter Shopify’s Build A Business competition, click here.
*The competition is open to residents of US (select states), Canada, UK, AUS, and NZ.