“Ignoring the importance of business planning can be detrimental to your company’s existence.”

~Karlene Sinclair-Robinson

Business Accelerator Competition


2019 marks the launch of the 'Accelerate Your Business Challenge: Business Planning & Pitch Competition.' This competition is open to startups and business owners who live and operate in the following jurisdictions: Virginia, DC, Maryland.

The 'Accelerate Your Business Challenge: Business Planning & Pitch Competition' is designed to engage and enhance the entrepreneurial journey for those individuals seeking to fully launch and grow their business ideas. It is a cross-over between a business planning contest and a pitch competition.

Entering this competition affords registrants the opportunity to potentially win the competition or any of the other prizes. Plans will go through a rigorous process. The ones that make it to the final round must align with our mission of bringing great ideas to the market and the opportunity to aid the local economy through job creation.

The founder of this challenge competition, Karlene Sinclair-Robinson, is a long-time business owner, consultant, coach, instructor and author. Karlene has also been a business planning judge and has seen a need for more opportunities like this program. She realized over time that business owners, especially startups in the Northern Virginia, Washington, DC Metro and Baltimore areas where lacking the chance to access events like this competition where they could gain exposure and potentially win much-needed funds.

Her vision for this event is to help provide meaningful impact on the startup and small business communities through the business accelerator program, sponsorship options, business exposure, financial support, and other opportunities.

 
Competition Prizes:

1st Place Winner -

$10,000

2nd Place - 1st Runner-up

$5,000

3rd Place - 2nd Runner-up 

$2,000

REGISTRATION OPENS:

Monday, July 15, 2019

DEADLINE: 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

PRE-REGISTRATION

Contestants can register early to get updates & more!

PRE-REGISTER
Registration Fee:

$50 

Requirements:

First Round

  • Application
  • Business Plan - maximum pages 24
  • Registration Fee

All required first round items must be submitted via mail and email no later than 11:59 pm on 8/31/2019

Second Round

  • Pitch Deck - maximum slides 12
  • Video - maximum length 2 minutes

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES NOTICE: Please read the Eligibility terms and conditions before submitting any information.

Eligibility Terms & Conditions
Competition Timeline:

Registration Starts: Monday, July 15, 2019

Deadline to Enter:  Saturday, August 31, 2019

Awards Ceremony: 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NEED TRAINING?

Register to attend an upcoming Business Planning Intensive Training

Maryland

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Virginia

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Register Here!

Winner Prizes
    • Prize money of $10,000
    • 12-months of business development coaching through Spank The Bank Now Business Academy
    • Free access to 3 ecourses
    • Free access to business intensive training in the next 12 months
    • Autographed copy of Spank the Bank: The Guide to Alternative Business Financing
    • Listed on our website and shared through social media
    • And much more!

Total Value $22,000+



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1ST RUNNER UP – SECOND PLACE PRIZES

o    Prize money of $5,000

o    6-months of business development coaching through Spank The Bank Now Business Academy

o    Free access to 2 ecourses

o    Free access to a KSR’s business intensive and workshop in the next 12 months

o    Autographed copy of Spank the Bank: The Guide to Alternative Business Financing

o    Featured on our website and shared on our Social Media platforms

o    And much more


2ND RUNNER-UP THIRD PLACE PRIZES
    • Prize money of $2,000
    • 3-months of business development coaching through Spank The Bank Now Business Academy
    • Free access to 1 ecourses
    • Free access to 1 workshops in the next 12 months
    • Autographed copy of Spank the Bank: The Guide to Alternative Business Financing
    • Listed on our website and shared through social media
    • And much more

Total Value $5,700+

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