Announcing the 4th Shopify Build A Business Competition


Today we’re excited to announce that the Shopify Build A Business competition is back.

And this time it’s bigger and better than ever.

We’ve teamed up with The Huffington Post and some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world to help new and emerging stores grow their business.

For this year's competition, the nine stores that sell the most in their respective categories over a two-month period will each receive $50,000 in cash and a VIP trip to New York for an exclusive meeting with their competition mentor.

If you’ve ever thought about launching your big idea, there has never been a better time than right now.

Here’s How it Works

To participate in this year’s competition, all you have to do is come up with a product to sell, open a Shopify store and pick a category (which will determine your mentor).

At the end of the competition, the nine stores that sell the most over any two month period during the competition will each win a $50,000 cash prize and a VIP trip to New York to meet with their mentor.

The competition runs from October 1st, 2013 to May 31st, 2014 and any Shopify store that was opened after June 1st, 2013 may join the competition*.

The Grand Prizes

Each of the nine competition winners will receive:

  • $50,000 USD
  • A VIP trip to New York City to meet with their mentors
  • A complete Shopify POS package, with iPad, allowing you to sell to your customers in-person.

The Categories and Mentors

We are thrilled to be partnering with some of worlds smartest and most successful entrepreneurs for this years competition. These are people who’ve all built wildly successful businesses through hard work, dedication, and savvy marketing skills.

And now they’re here to help you do the same.

Grand prize winners will get an exclusive meeting with the mentor from their category. The investment, guidance and personal network that these entrepreneurs bring to the table would bring massive value to any business.

In addition to mentoring the winners in person, all entrants will also get exclusive access to mentor advice and content through the Build A Business dashboard during the competition.

Here’s who will be helping you sell this year.

Fashion & Apparel

Fashion & ApparelDaymond John | @TheSharkDaymond
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.

Electronics & Gadgets

Electronics & GadgetsTim Ferriss | @tferriss
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.

Photography & Art

Photography & ArtChase Jarvis | @chasejarvis
Chase is an award winning photographer, director, and media entrepreneur. In addition to his work creating campaigns for brands including Nike, Apple, and Starbucks, Chase is widely recognized for his picture-editing app Best Camera.

Jewellery & Crafts

Jewellery & CraftsTina Eisenberg | @swissmiss
Tina is a graphic designer and businesswoman whose blog “swissmiss” is visited by millions. Tina has founded numerous startups including TeuxDeux, CreatingMornings, StudioMates and Tattly.

Sports & Recreation

Sports & RecreationMark Cuban | @mcuban
Mark is a self educated technology entrepreneur whose early success came in the late 1990’s when he sold his company to Yahoo! for a reported $6 billion. Mark is the sole-owner of the NBA franchise the Dallas Mavericks.

Food & Beverage

Food & BeverageGary Vaynerchuk | @garyvee
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.

Health & Beauty

Health & BeautySelita Ebanks | @SelitaEbanks
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's Secret Angel. Selita is the founder of the charitable organization the “Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity”.


MusicLil' Jon | @LilJon
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 artist as diverse as Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, and Usher.

Everything Else

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

Past Winners

If you’re wondering how this competition could change your life, look no further than our past winners.

Over the past three years, our Build A Business competition has helped create over 15,000 new businesses that have sold over $60 million in products.

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, or selling something online, this is your moment.

Sign Up for the Build A Business Competition Now

*The competition is open to residents of US (select states), UK, AUS, NZ, and Canada. Although strict gaming laws prevent us from making prizes available in every country, everyone can participate in the competition and gain access to exclusive mentor advice.

For more information on this year’s Build A Business competition, view the competition sign-up page, frequently asked questions and competition rules