Awards competition is open to start-up businesses, as well as established Brighton businesses with up to 25 employees that have been operating up to five years. Awards are open to Brighton businesses, Brighton residents, and/or individuals with plans to have a Brighton-based business.
Three winning entries will be awarded cash prizes to help take their business to the next level, including:
● $15,000 grand prize
● $4,000 second place award
● $1,000 third place award
Business plan applications will be accepted beginning Monday, July 31, 2017. Applications will be accepted until 50 are received or until Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017, whichever occurs first. Please turn entries in early to ensure participation.
Free to enter
All applications will go through a two-phase vetting process.
Phase I: Initial Selection
All entrepreneurs will need to complete an electronic application/business profile at the Brighton Economic Development Corporation web site. This will be the first level of review. The top ten business profiles will be selected based on the strength of the information provided on the application/business profile. Finalists will be notified on September 18, 2017 if their idea was selected to move forward in the competition
Phase II: Final Selection (Full Business Plan Review)
Upon review of all applications/business profiles, the Brighton EDC will select the top ten applicants to be invited to a formal interview to discuss their application. The Brighton EDC will select three finalists to the pitch competition where all three will walk away with a cash prize.
All finalists will be required to participate in a "pitch prep" session before the pitch competition event. Pitch prep date and time TBD.
The Pitch Competition Event:
The top three finalists will pitch their business to a panel of judges on Friday, October 6, 2017 at the Armory Performing Arts Center - Brighton, CO from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.