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The 2018 Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC) Business Plan Competition ($20,000 cash prize )

Application Deadline: September 10th 2018

The 2018 Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC) Business Plan Competition (BPC)  is a $20,000 cash prize business plan competition to identify, encourage, and reward excellence in entrepreneurship in the St. Louis Metro East region. For the 5th year,  Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and SIUE School of Business are the competition’s cornerstone sponsors.  2018’s Venture Capital Sponsor is Insperity® who hosted this year’s Mentor-Semifinalist Networking Event. The City of Collinsville is recognized as the Competition’s Angel Investor Level Sponsor. 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 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 $10,000 cash prize accompanied by an array of in-kind professional services. Second and third Place winners will receive a $6,000 cash prize and $4,000 cash prize, respectively, along with many in-kind professional service

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 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.

Benefits:

  • The first place winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize accompanied by an array of in-kind professional services.
  • Second and third Place winners will receive a $6,000 cash prize and $4,000 cash prize, respectively, along with many in-kind professional service

How to Enter:

  • Entry forms along with the first and second rounds of the Metro East Start-Up Challenge will be conducted online through Reviewr, a contract business plan service provider. The final round is a “10–minute business pitch” in front of a panel of judges in person at SIUE.
  • Enter the Competition through Reviewr

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2018 Metro East Start-Up Challenge (MESC) Business Plan Competition 

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