Introducing Shopify's Build a BIGGER Business Competition

Introducing Shopify's Build a BIGGER Business Competition

In 2010 we called on entrepreneurs to build a business from nothing and push it as far as possible in just 8 months.

In the 7 years since, over 100,000 new businesses - including DodoCase, Best Self Co, GoldieBlox, Tattly, and MVMT - have launched thanks to Build a Business. Since the beginning, we’ve helped thousands of entrepreneurs build amazing businesses with the help of industry leaders like Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, Arianna Huffington, and Sir Richard Branson.

Today, we’re pleased to announce the next evolution of the Build a Business competition…

Announcing Build a BIGGER Business With Tony Robbins


This year, Shopify is partnering with world-class, influential mentor, author, and entrepreneur Tony Robbins along with partners NYSE, Sid Lee and Allison+Partners to launch the 2017 Build a BIGGER Business competition.

Shopify’s Build a BIGGER Business aims to to elevate established entrepreneurs with unparalleled mentorship and coaching from today’s hottest industry moguls while providing the tools needed to grow their business to new heights.

This competition is exclusively for later-stage startups and trend-shaping entrepreneurs making between $1M - $50M USD a year, who with the right coaching, tools and mindset, can take their business to incredible heights.

After experiencing the Build a Business competition in 2016 as a mentor, Tony recognized and inspired the opportunity to help grow established businesses to achieve even higher levels of growth.

Other confirmed mentors for the Build a BIGGER Business competition include Tom Farley, President of the New York Stock Exchange, Marie Forleo, Debbie Sterling, Scott Allison and Jean-Francois Bouchard in addition to Daymond John, star of ABC’s Shark Tank, Tim Ferriss, investor & author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

Eligibility For Build a BIGGER Business & How to Enter

To be eligible, your business must:

  • Be a privately-held business that has been on in operation in either Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia or New Zealand for at least one year.
  • Have had sales between $1 million and $50 million (USD) during 2016.
  • Already be selling online through Shopify, or has successfully migrated to Shopify by February 28, 2017.

If you are interested in entering Build a BIGGER Business, you can submit your existing myshopify URL here.

Entrant businesses have until February 28, 2017 to submit their applications to Shopify’s Build a BIGGER Business Competition. Once registered, the months between March 1, 2017 and July 31, 2017 will be used to judge the entrant Businesses in eight different categories. New merchants to Shopify will need 2 months of sales to be eligible to win.

Read through our Official Rules for specific details about eligibility, judging and other details about the competition, including how you can apply.

Competition Details

Phase 1:

Applications for Build a BIGGER Business are now open and close February 28th.

Competitors must have made between $1 Million and $50 Million (USD) in 2016 to be eligible for Build a BIGGER Business.

After submitting your Entrant business’ application, it is strongly encouraged for applicants to upload a video to Youtube, Vimeo or similar video sharing site. Video submissions will be considered in certain judging criteria by Tony Robbins and the Shopify team for select prize categories.

Phase 2:

The competition will run from March 1st - July 31st where competitors will be battling it out in the areas of:

  • Highest Total Revenue Gain
  • Highest Percentage Growth
  • Best Scale Strategy
  • Best Marketing Strategy
  • Best Raving Fan Culture
  • The Disruptor
  • Tony Robbins Choice
  • Shopify’s Pick

Winners will be announced in August, 2017.

Phase 3:

In the Fall, winners will given a once-in-a-lifetime entrepreneurial getaway at the Namale Resort and Spa in Fiji with Tony Robbins and our other business mentors.

Prizes For Build a Bigger Business Winners

Introducing Shopifys Build A Bigger Business Competition

The two businesses with the highest growth in sales volume and percentage growth will be selected to receive our grand prize, which includes:

  • A trip to New York City to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange
  • A once-in-a-lifetime entrepreneurial getaway at the Namale Resort and Spa in Fiji with Tony Robbins and our other business mentors
  • A marketing architecture worth $1 million, which includes branding, advertising, and public relations strategies from leading creative agencies, a feature story with a leading business publication and 24 months’ of Shopify Plus subscription fees for free.

Winners from the following six additional categories will also join our grand prize winners in New York City and Fiji:

  • Best Scale Strategy
  • Best Marketing Strategy
  • Best Raving Fan Culture
  • The Disruptor
  • Tony Robbins Choice
  • Shopify’s Pick

Winners for these categories will be picked from the top 50 entrants with the highest percentage growth during the competition period. Read the competition's Official Rules to learn more about our competition categories and judging components.

During the competition window, contestants will also gain access to the exclusive Build a BIGGER Business online academy, along with mentoring and immersion with Tony Robbins, other mentors and Shopify coaches.

If you have any questions about how to enter the Build a BIGGER Business competition, let us know in the comments below.

Good luck!

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