The Denver Office of Economic Development will honor the best and brightest ideas in small business this fall through its first ever JumpStart Biz Plan Awards. The program will recognize the top 10 start-up and early-stage business plan finalists with tools to help their businesses thrive in Denver.
“Our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Denver is as strong as ever,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “To celebrate this, we’re looking to identify and contribute to the strongest ideas that will help further strengthen Denver as a top city for small business.”
The grand prize includes a $50,000 cash award, one year of office space at Galvanize’s G1.0 building, 35 hours of legal counsel provided by Polsinelli Shughart, 60 hours of tax/accounting services provided by Deloitte, 60 hours of strategic marketing services from Dovetail Solutions, and social media consulting from WideFoc.us.
Identified as a key strategic initiative in OED’s JumpStart 2012 strategic plan, the awards program is open to start-up businesses and established businesses with up to 25 employees that have been in operation for up to five years. Applicant businesses must reside or have plans to reside in Denver.
Applications will be reviewed initially via the Business Catapult online platform by a panel of OED staff and business partners. Top finalists will be reviewed by a panel of business leaders, including executives, from Deloitte, Dovetail Solutions, Galvanize, Polsinelli Shughart and the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship.
Awards program is open to the first 150 entries. Applications are being accepted now through Sept. 14 or until 150 entries have been received. Winners will be announced during Denver Startup Week, Oct. 22-26, in coordination with the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Technology Association. For more information or to apply, visit www.denvergov.org/business.
JumpStart Biz Plan sponsors include Galvanize, Polsinelli Shughart, Deloitte, Dovetail Solutions, WideFoc.us and Business Catapult.