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Mentors And Categories

Learn the secrets to business success from the best in the industry.

Daymond John

Fashion & Apparel

Daymond John

Fashion & Apparel

Daymond John

Daymond created the fashion brand FUBU. His marketing savvy helped the company reach over $6 billion in sales. Daymond is a regular investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, and helps guide small businesses on the road to success.

Tim Ferriss

Electronics & Gadgets

Tim Ferriss

Electronics & Gadgets

Tim Ferriss

Tim is the author of the New York Times bestseller The 4 Hour Workweek. Aside from being an advisor to Shopify, Tim is an active angel investor, having previously invested in StumbleUpon, Facebook, Uber and Twitter.

Chase Jarvis

Photography & Art

Chase Jarvis

Photography & Art

Chase Jarvis

Chase is an award winning photographer, director, and media entrepreneur. In addition to creating campaigns for Nike, Apple, Starbucks and more, Chase is co-founder of creativeLIVE, the world's largest live-streaming education platform.

Tina Roth Eisenberg

Jewellery & Crafts

Tina Roth Eisenberg

Jewellery & Crafts

Tina Roth Eisenberg

Tina is a graphic designer and businesswoman whose blog “swissmiss” is visited by millions. Tina has founded numerous startups including TeuxDeux, Creative Mornings, StudioMates and Tattly.

Lawrence Ipsum

Sports & Recreation

Mark Cuban

Sports & Recreation

Mark Cuban

Mark is a self educated technology entrepreneur whose early success came in the late 1990’s when he sold his company Broadcast.com to Yahoo for a reported $6 billion. Mark is the sole-owner of the NBA franchise the Dallas Mavericks.

Gary Vaynerchuk

Food & Beverage

Gary Vaynerchuk

Food & Beverage

Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary turned his family liquor store from a $3 million to $45 million business by being one of the first to sell alcohol online. He created and hosted Wine Library TV and the Daily Grape, drawing millions to his weekly wine review videoblog.

Selita Ebanks

Health & Beauty

Selita Ebanks

Health & Beauty

Selita Ebanks

Selita is an internationally recognized model and social marketer. She has appeared in magazines Vogue and Glamour and is best known for her work as a Victoria Secret Angel. Selita is the founder of the charitable organization the “Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity”.

Lil Jon

Music

Lil Jon

Music

Lil Jon

Lil Jon is a rapper, producer, and DJ whose work has had a profound effect in the evolution of the hip-hop genre of music. As a producer, he has worked with artists as diverse as Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, and Usher.

Ariana Huffington

Everything Else

Arianna Huffington

Everything Else

Arianna Huffington

Arianna is the author of thirteen books and the founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Since starting Huffingtonpost.com in 2005, Arianna has twice been named on the Time 100 list and most recently, Forbes’s 2013 Most Powerful Women List.

Canadian Mentor

Amber Mac

Amber Mac

Amber Mac is a Canadian entrepreneur and the host of CTV’s AppCentral. Amber co-founded
digital marketing agency, Konnekt, in 2006. She writes weekly for Fast Company, and co-hosts
podcasts commandN and The Social Hour. She is also a well-known keynote speaker.

What can you win?

$10,000

Apple Gift Card

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An all-inclusive trip to New York and face to face meeting with Amber Mac.

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A complete Shopify POS package, with iPad, allowing
you to sell to your customers in-person.

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Previous Winners

From starting a new store to owning a million-dollar business in just months.

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2012 Winners

Multiple Winners

There were five winners of the 3rd Build-A-Business competition: GameKlip (Ryan French), GoldieBlox (Debbie Sterling), Fresh-Tops (Nella Chunky), SkinnyMe Tea (Gretta van Riel), and Canadian Icons, (Aron Slipacoff). Each met with their competition mentors on an epic VIP trip to New York City.

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2011 Winner

Coffee Joulies

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.

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2010 Winner

DODOcase

DODOcase is a San Francisco company that makes stylish iPad cases using traditional bookbinding techniques. The founders, Patrick and Craig, have significantly helped the San Francisco book binding industry and are now running a multi-million dollar company.

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Important Competition Details

Competition registration runs from September 16th, 2013 to March 31st, 2014, but you can sign up any time. After you register, only complete calendar months between October 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014 will be used in the calculation of Gross Sales. You don’t need any experience starting or running an online store; Shopify makes it easy.

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