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Entrepreneurial Opportunity Contest

Opportunity for Denver, Colorado Small Businesses
to Recognize Innovation in Entrepreneurial Businesses

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Foundation / Corporation

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Denver Business Journal

Deadline Date:

07/29/19 11:59 PM EST Receipt


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Opportunity for Denver, Colorado small businesses to compete for a $10,000 prize to implement an innovative approaches that benefit their business, their clients, and associated markets. Eligible contest participants will demonstrate how they use technology to reshape their markets, how they have created a better way to serve existing customers, or how they have created a whole new product, service or business model.

Five finalists will be selected in the Denver market:
- The five finalists will pitch their idea at a Business Journals event, sponsored by BBVA
- A distinguished panel of judges, including self-made entrepreneur Sandra Lee, will select 1 winner in the Phoenix market.
- The winner in the Phoenix Market will receive $10,000 and the chance to compete for the $50,000 grand prize.

Grand Prize Winner:
The grand prize winner in each market will be awarded $10,000 and have a chance to compete in Phoenix (travel and expenses paid) at the final event where the ultimate grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000. All finalists and winners will receive promotion in the local Business Journal and be showcased on digital platforms as well as be recognized at a celebratory event in Phoenix.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186451

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Number of Grants:

A panel of judges will select 1 winner in the Denver market.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The winner in the Phoenix Market will receive $10,000 and the chance to compete for the $50,000 grand prize.

Pre-Application Information:

Local Market Promotion Period: The Local Market Promotion begins 12:01 AM EST June 4, 2019 and ends 11:59 PM EST July 29, 2019 when all entries must be received.

Winner Selection and Notification is comprised of 2 phases, as follows:

Phase I:
All entries will be judged on or about July 30, 2019 by a panel of judges. The five (5) entries with the highest overall score will be declared a potential finalist. Any potential finalist will be notified by mail, email and/or telephone.

Phase II:
1. The Business Journals will create profiles of the five (5) finalists and the public will be asked to vote. Voting begins 12:01 AM EST August 20, 2019 and ends 11:59 PM EST September 24, 2019.
2. Finalists must present their concept in person to the judges on October 1, 2019 in (or within 20 miles of) Denver, Colorado. Judges will score entries based on the criteria noted above (85%) and the results of the public vote (15%). The one finalist with the highest score will be declared the potential winner.

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this local market promotion. A purchase will not improve chances of winning.

Limit: One entry per person and one entry per e-mail address during the Local Market Promotion Period.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To submit your nomination, see the URL for Full Text indicated below.

For questions or problems with your entry, please contact:

Brittany Noonan, National Event Manager
The Business Journals
120 West Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 973-1238

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Denver

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