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

Welcome to the 2015 Metro East Start-Up Challenge Business Plan Competition (BPC) website.

The Challenge is a $25,000 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, 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

 

  1. Increase the Metro East region’s interest in and excitement for business start-ups through a competitive process;
  2. Identify "growth oriented" start-ups with plans to operate in the nine-county St. Louis Metro East region;
  3. Generate a greater awareness of network of services/resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners; and
  4. To advance the academic mission of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville by strengthening relationships with private enterprise and expanding opportunities for both students and faculty.

 

The first place winner will receive a $15,000 cash prize accompanied by an array of in-kind professional services. Two runners up will receive a $5,000 cash prize along with many in-kind professional services.

To participate in the 2015 Metro East Startup Challenge, register at:

                                     https://app2.pitchburner.com/s1/site//metroeaststartup2015


For More Information:
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
618-650-2929
sbdcedw@gmail.com


University Park

SBDC

PNC

St. Louis Regional Chamber

SIUE School of Business

Belleville Chamber

Leadership Council

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