WIN $10,000 FOR YOUR BUSINESS IDEA

Participate in the UA/eBay 10k Startup Challenge!

The EX[L] Center is looking for students with business ideas to participate in The University of Akron/eBay $10,000 Startup Challenge. A top prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the winner, with additional prizes awarded to runners-up. The pitch competition, open to all UA students, is focused on promoting entrepreneurship over the fall semester through mentorship, business development events and pitch practices.


JOIN US FOR THE FINALS

Come see the six finalists compete for the $10k grand prize! The winner will be determined by a panel of judges and the audience's input, so be sure to bring your friends!

DETAILS

When: Thursday Nov. 29 at 5 - 7:30 p.m.

Where: Compass Coffee 647 E. Market St. See the map for parking options.

The event is free but please register below.


HOW TO ENTER

Email your submission to UAStartUpChallenge@gmail.com, include your contact information and a five-sentence write-up answering three key questions:

  1. What is the problem you wish to solve with your business?
  2. How do you solve it?
  3. How do you make money?

Enter the race by by Nov. 9th


STARTUP CHALLENGE MENTORS

Jim Griggy, Elyse Ball, EbaNee Bond and Paul DeCapua.

Learn more about the mentors


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

All events are held in the EX[L] Center (Bierce Library, room 168) from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and will have FREE FOOD!

Friday Sept. 21 | Informational session

Friday Sept. 28 | How to start a business: What you need to know

Friday Oct. 5 | Hear from a startup founder

Friday Oct. 12 | Hear from the founders of The Bit Factory, the City of Akron's internet startup accelerator

Friday Oct. 19 | Hear from eBay! Participants in the eBay Retail Revival Program will share business best practices with you.

Friday Oct. 26 | Legal issues for startups

Friday Nov. 2 | What You Need to Know to Start Your Business: Paul DeCapua, Business Mentor from SCORE

Friday, Nov. 9 | Deadline for initial five-sentence application

Monday, Nov. 12 | Deadline for FINAL application

Thursday and Friday Nov. 15-16 | Semifinal competition

Thursday Nov. 29 | Final Competition


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