2. For existing for-profit businesses, operations headquartered in the nine-county plus Metro East region (Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe, Randolph and now open to Montgomery and Fayette Counties!).
3.For an entrepreneur purchasing an existing business, the entity will not be considered a startup. Date will begin with previous ownership.
For pre-venture entrepreneurs, proposed new business operations will need to be located in these eleven counties;
4. No public governmental entities or public/private schools or universities may apply
Due to federal law, businesses concerning cannabis, gambling, or lobbying activities will not be considered for the competition.
Tentatively via Virtual Zoom Meeting, Semifinalists will receive login invite closer to date.
September 15, 2021, 3-4 pm.: Business Plan Financial Spreadsheets Class (Attendance is highly recommended) *
*An extra 3 points added to final score of Business Plan if you attend all 4 sessions (2 BP sessions and 2 pitch classes).