Hey Startups: Here's An Easy Way To Get 75K For Your Company


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Do you work at a really cool startup? Or are you launching a stealthy new venture?Then Business Insider wants to give you $75,000.


Here’s what you have to do:

1. Apply to enter our Startup 2012 business-plan competition. This online form will take about an hour to fill out. (You can save and come back if needed.) A top handful of finalists will compete to take home $75,000 in cash and prizes at the intense, fun Startup 2012 conference on May 3 in New York.

Winners also get to attend the event and hear from amazing speakers like Jason Goldberg, CEO of the world’s fastest-growing startup, Fab.com, and Philip James, CEO of the hit online wine flash retailer Lot18.

Do this now because the form closes on March 31, in 3 short weeks. Note: this is a business-plan competition, primarily. Contestants do not need a polished, whizz-bang, ready-to-market prototype. They should have at least a minimum viable product, and a very sharp, well-articulated business plan. The competition is open to companies that have taken less than $2.5million in outside financing. See more fine print here.

2. After entering, take a call with an active investor. Some of New York’s top VCs — with track records including major wins — will interview top candidates selected by a judging panel. From there, a handful of finalists will be chosen.

3. Attend Startup 2012 and present your idea onstage. Then, more grilling from VCs.

4. One winner gets $75,000!  That’s $25,000 in cash and $50,000 in prizes.

This could be the best investment you’ll make: about an hour of filling out a form describing what you’re already doing could make you $75,000 richer. 

See you in May!

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