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Metro East Start-Up Challenge
Metro East Start-Up Challenge

Welcome to the SIUE 2014 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Business Plan Competition (BPC) website.

The SIUE Metro East Start-Up Challenge is a business plan competition to recognize and reward excellence in entrepreneurship. University Park at SIUE is the competition sponsor. The St. Louis Regional Chamber and PNC Bank are award sponsors. The SIUE School of Business and Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are facilitating the event.

University Park is partnering with SBDC to conduct a $15,000 cash prize business plan competition for entrepreneurs and new business start-ups in the Illinois portion of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The purpose of the challenge is to

  • Increase the region’s interest in and excitement for business start-ups through a competitive process
  • Identify “high impact” start-ups for possible location in University Park’s new Business Enterprise Center
  • Generate a greater awareness of SBDC services/resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Metro East region
  • Advance the academic mission of the University by strengthening relationships with private enterprise and expanding learning opportunities for both students and faculty

The first place winner will recieve a $10,000 cash prize accompanied by in-kind professional services. Low cost office accommodations in University Park may be available to the winner depending upon suitability and the availability of space. The second place plan will receive a $5,000 cash prize along with in-kind professional services.

Support the growing regional interest in entrepreneurship by attending the

Final Pitch Round
of the
SIUE's Metro East Startup Challenge.

Monday, April 28, 2014
3:00pm to 5:00pm
Morris University Center (MUC) Oak-Redbud Room
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

The Final Pitch Round will determine our first place winner ($10,000 cash prize) and second place finisher ($5,000 cash prize).  We will also recognize all of the Challenge participants, generous sponsors, and expert judges that have made this first-time competition a rousing success. Supporters, partners and well-wishers of the Metro East SBDC and University Park at SIUE are encouraged to attend with free parking, attendance prizes, and refreshments at an informal reception to be held immediately after the event.   

Join us in celebrating the renewed entrepreneurial spirit across our region! 

For More Information:
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

University Park



St. Louis Regional Chamber

SIUE School of Business

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