Monday, August 15, 2011

3 KC Entrepreneur Competitions You Don't Want to Miss Out On

Fall may be the best time for Kansas City entrepreneurs to get a jump-start on their dream businesses.  Three incredible entrepreneurial competitions and honors have been announced in Kansas City in August alone.  Check out these three opportunities and get registered or nominated today!

The Alliance Project
Presented by Alterra Bank, the Alliance Project asks Kansas City entrepreneurs to "get down to business".  One lucky early-stage company will be awarded $10,000 for being voted an outstanding small business in Kansas City.  But the $10,000 grand prize is not the only benefit that the Alliance Project winner will receive.  The winner will also be awarded complimentary office space from bizperc, scholarship to the FastTrac GrowthVentures program at the Kauffman, logo design from Whiskey Design, 10 hours of legal services from Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, a year of PR services from Will Gregory, HR support from CBiz, messaging strategy from Kazoo Marketing and a one year supply of coffee from the Roasterie.  Now that's an award worth looking into!

The Gigabit Challenge
The Gigabit Challenge, a business plan competition launched by Think Big Partners, will award one new early-stage business with the opportunity to utilize the new Google Fiber network in order to benefit their company.  As a worldwide business plan competition, the Gigabit Challenge offers not only the chance for competitors to develop next-generation businesses, but will also foster a surge in innovation and disruptive technology linking Kansas City to the world.  More information about the Gigabit Challenge will be released in the following weeks.  But mark your calendars!  The Gigabit Challenge will blast off on October 1st.

Startup Open
Startup Open is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week.  It is a global competition that will identify and recognize startup companies founded between GEW 2010 and GEW 2011.  Startup Open will recognize the GEW 50 (a group of the 50 most promising ventures from around the world) who will be awarded a handful of prizes.  One grand prize winnder with be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011. 

Don't miss out on these three giant opportunities.  Any three of them could set the precedent for your business and your dream.  Good luck and Think Big!

Written by Allison Way

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