THE CLIMB | Community & Collegiate Pitch Night 2017
Submission Deadline10/13/2017

THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition is a business development event for collegiate and community startups. Established by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Denver, THE CLIMB is a multi-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, this competition is one of the largest in the Rocky Mountain region.

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The Fall 2017 Business Plan Competition is open to collegiate teams at the University of Colorado Denver and community teams in Colorado. Teams must qualify based on the below:

  • Startup must be under two years old.
  • Startups cannot have any other venture captial (VC) or angel funds accepted before application deadline.
  • Teams selected for Pitch Night are required to have at least one team member physically present at Pitch Night on November 7th.

Submission/Entry Requirements:

  • Complete online application on Reviewr
  • Include a 60-90 second pitch video
  • Include a 3-page executive summary

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Q: Does my video have to be of professional production quality?
    • A: NO. Videos can be animated, recorded from computer cameras, records from smartphones, etc. Do not worry about the production quality of your video as much as your pitch clarity and creativity.
  • Q: Can I change my entry after submitting my application?
    • A: YES. Applications may be edited and changed as many times as needed up to the application closing deadline.
  • Q: How many team members have to qualify?
    • A: ONLY ONE team member must qualify under the collegiate terms. The business must qualify under all other terms.
  • Q: Is there an entry fee?
    • A: NO
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