Come up with a product to sell, open your online store and pick a mentor. Our community and your mentor will give you great advice and guidance along the way. At the end of the competition, the four stores that sell the most over a two month period will each win a $50,000 investment from their mentor.
Daymond John created the fashion brand FUBU while working as a waiter. His marketing genius helped grow FUBU into a company with over six billion dollars in sales. Daymond is now a regular investor on ABC’s Shark Tank and has mentored and worked with countless small businesses to take them to the next level.
Tim Ferriss is the author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller The 4-Hour Workweek. He is an advisor to Shopify and helped launch the first Build-A-Business Competition in 2010. Tim is an active angel investor, having previously invested in StumbleUpon, Facebook, Uber and Twitter.
Tina Roth Eisenberg is a graphic designer known by her friends as "The Queen of Accidental Businesses". Her strong eye for design led her to create swissmiss, a blog visited by millions.Tina has created numerous startups including TeuxDeux, Creative Mornings, Studio Mates and the Shopify store Tattly.
Eric Ries is the best-selling author of The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Eric worked as a venture capital firm advisor and has either sat on the board or maintained advisory positions for over 30 startups and small businesses.
from your mentor in exchange for a 5% stake in your company – valuing your business at $1 million.
Meet with all four of the 2012 mentors in beautiful New York City and discuss how to grow your business.
Plus, get a special one-hour meeting with an editor to review your media strategy and pitch a feature article for their print magazine.
Boost your advertising budget with this amazing prize.
Dave Jackson and Dave Petrillo are two mechanical engineers from New Jersey. They went on Kickstarter to crowd-source funding Coffee Joulies with a goal of $9,500. They ended up raising $306,944. Coffee Joulies are polished stainless steel beans that regulate the temperature of coffee.
1. Think of something to sell
It can be anything: t-shirts, arts & crafts, gadgets, or even the world's best cupcakes. The only limitation is your imagination.
2. Create your Shopify store
Shopify makes it easy to sell online: pick a template, add your products and launch your store. You can accept your first order in minutes.
If you're new to Shopify, you can still sign up for a Shopify store by clicking on the button below.
Important Competition Details
Competition registration runs from July 10th to December 31st, 2012, but you can sign up any time. After you register, only complete calendar months between August 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013 will be used in the calculation of Gross Sales. The competition, free .CO domain and MailChimp credit are open to residents Canada over the age of majority in their province or territory of residence. You don’t need any experience starting or running an online store; Shopify makes it easy. Throughout the competition, we’ll have a special Build-A-Business website set up that will house a wealth of accumulating knowledge to help you along the way.
Still have more questions? View the full Competition Rules or the FAQ for more information. Canadians: Rules and FAQ.
You can access your new store below.