It's something city leaders have long known but are looking to grow with a new and innovative competition.
The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is looking for the best and brightest ideas in small business this fall through its first-ever JumpStart Biz Plan Awards. The program will recognize the top ten start-up and early-stage business plan finalists with tools to help their businesses thrive in Denver.
"We are judging the strength of the plan not only for entrepreneurs starting up, but also for small businesses with 25 employees that have been in business for at least five years," said Patrick Giron, the economic development supervisor with the Denver Office of Economic Development.
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. talk about the grand prize- there's a hefty amount of award money along with other support for the business.
"We're hoping to get at least 150 companies to enter and we are on our way there," said Giron. "We realize entrepreneurs and small businesses are the heart of the economy and we want to do what we can to strengthen that.
The awards program is open to the first 150 entries. Applications are being accepted now through September 14, 2012, or until 150 entries have been received. Winners will be announced during Denver Startup Week, October 22-26, 2012, in coordination with the Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Technology Association. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.denvergov.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.denvergov.org/oed
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