DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submissions Open September 1-30, 2016
Do you have a brilliant business idea, but are not sure where to
begin? Have you established a small business in the past year and are looking
for an opportunity to showcase and grow your business? The Climb: Jake Jabs
Center Business Plan Competition may be your next step towards entrepreneurial
THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition is a
business development event for collegiate startups based in Colorado, Wyoming,
Montana, New Mexico and Arizona, as well as non-collegiate startups in Colorado.
Established by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at University of
Colorado Denver, THE CLIMB is a five-stage competition that helps entrepreneurs
transform concepts into viable businesses through mentorship, education,
financial support and real-world business exchanges. With more than 500 mentor
hours shared and $1 million awarded to date, THE CLIMB celebrates 15 years of
guiding entrepreneurial thinkers and empowering them to blaze
their own trail. Submissions will be accepted
Sept. 1-30, 2016.
All competitors must submit:
- Online submission form
- One-minute video pitch of business idea or existing startup
- Executive summary (no longer than three pages)
The Climb | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition gives aspiring
entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with some of the most successful
entrepreneurs in the Rocky Mountain West. From mentorship and workshops to
speakers and pitch opportunities, the growth possibilities are endless for those
willing to make The Climb.
- Recognition and exposure
- Access to exclusive mentorship opportunities
- Workshops and pitch support events
- Financial awards for top placers
THE CLIMB | Business Plan Competition 2016 Events
- THE CLIMB | Orientation & Business Plan Writing Workshop Thursday, Sept. 8, 5-6:30 p.m. at CU Denver Business School
- THE CLIMB | Starting Up & Business Plan Workshops Thursday, Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m. at Galvanize on Platte St.
- THE CLIMB | Collegiate Semi-Finals Pitch Day Thursday, Nov. 10, 1:30-4 p.m. at Space Gallery
- THE CLIMB | Collegiate & Community Pitch Finals & Awards Thursday, Nov. 10, 6-9 p.m. at Space Gallery
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the
submission deadline? All submissions must be received by September 30 at 11:59 p.m.
- Who is qualified
to apply? Collegiate
Applicants: Each submission
must include at least one person on the management team who is a current
graduate student at any Colorado, Arizona, New
Mexico, Montana and Wyoming university. Teams with at least
one undergraduate student or alumni of the University of Colorado Denver may
also apply. The company/concept being submitted should not be older than two
years, and cannot have received any prior seed/angel/vc funding. Non-Collegiate
Applicants: The company/concept being submitted should not be older than
two years, and cannot have received any prior seed/angel/vc funding.
- What info is
required for the application? Applicants must submit a 30-90 second video pitch about their startup idea or
business and an executive summary questionnaire. Submissions open Sept. 1, 2016.
- Is there a fee to
apply? There is no fee for entering the competition.
- Can one person be
an active team member on more than one team? Yes.
Questions? Contact the Jake
Jabs Center at 303-315-8500, or email email@example.com.
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