So you've decided that you want to apply for the 2015 Carroll Biz Challenge: you've signed up for your account, and now your brain is filled with deadlines, resources, and events. Here's a general guide to help you understand your timeline and the competition process.
Fill out your application August 10 - October 18. Make sure that you're eligible (check out the Eligibility section of this site) and read our contest Terms and Conditions. As you're reading through the application, utilize the "Resources" tab on this website for help with perfecting your pitch, building a business plan, marketing basics, and much more. You want to make sure that your application is at its best when you apply!
Attend the Applicant Meet & Greet October 21. Here, you'll be able to network exclusively with other applicants, judges, sponsors, and the advisory board. This is a great opportunity for you to put a face with your business!
Attend the Live Finale Cocktail Party and Live Finale Event on November 19th. Definitely mark your calendar!
At the Live Finale, you'll be immersed in an aura of entrepreneurship and excitement! Audience members will be chatting and networking; finalists will be going over their pitches in their heads one last time; and everyone will be posing for pictures to commemorate the event! After a brief introduction, the finalists will begin to pitch their business ideas in front of the live audience. Following each business pitch, the judges will ask questions. Everyone will partake in the delicious food and drink provided at intermission, and then the remaining finalists will pitch their businesses. The judges will leave the room for deliberation, and audience members will cast their votes for the "People's Choice Award" winner. Finally, the judges will return with the $5,000 check signifying the winner of the 2014 Carroll Biz Challenge!