2012 San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge

Aspiring entrepreneurs from San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties can compete for cash and services worth more than $20,000 in the third-annual San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge. Deadline for applications is Feb. 5.
A winner in the San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge accepts his prize check.

Winners in the San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge will receive cash and services worth more than $20,000

Jan 9, 2012
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Entrepreneurs with the aspiration and potential to grow, succeed and create employment in the region are invited to pitch their ideas for the chance to win $20,000 in cash and professional services through San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge.

The Challenge is an "American Idol" style, multiround business-plan competition, with expert and audience judging. Online applications for the Challenge are due by Feb. 5, 2012.

Approximately 20 applicants will be selected to deliver a two-minute "elevator pitch" presentation to a public audience and a panel of judges on Feb. 29. Eight selected semi-finalists will then make a five-minute business-plan presentation to the audience and judges on March 21. The final four contestants will participate in a business simulation to select two winners, who will receive cash and services awards worth more than $20,000. The Feb. 29 and March 21 events will be held at Stockton Country Club from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

To prepare for the Challenge, entrepreneurs can attend workshops in Stockton, Modesto and Merced, where they will receive advice on developing business plans and delivering presentations.

The competition is presented by the San Joaquin Angels investor group in partnership with University of the Pacific, and several regional economic development organizations.

For more information, and to access application and audience registration forms, go to

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