Welcome to the 2016 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Business Plan Competition (BPC) website.
The Challenge is a $15,000 cash prize business plan competition to identify, encourage, and reward excellence in entrepreneurship in the St. Louis Metro East region. For the second year in a row, PNC Bank is the competition’s cornerstone sponsor. The St. Louis Regional Chamber, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Belleville Chamber of Commerce and University Park at SIUE are award sponsors. The SIUE School of Business and Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are facilitating the competition.
The purpose of the challenge is to:
The first place winner will receive a $,10,000 cash prize accompanied by an array of in-kind professional services. Two runners up will receive a $2,500 cash prize along with many in-kind professional services.