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Jump-start Downtown Business Competition

Jump-Start Downtown" is a business competition for entrepreneurs over 18 years old interested in opening a business or relocating a business in Downtown Eau Claire (view downtown boundaries) during the timeframe of September 2021-2023. Any type of business is eligible, from high-tech offices to gift shops.

Deadline

Typically the application is due by the end of September each year, but it's never too late to get started. Please consider working on your business plan and finances with free local entrepreneurial resources such as:

Awards

  • Grand Prize: $5,000 in start-up capital (sponsored by Royal Credit Union), 6-month DECI membership, and a 3-month flex membership with CoLab ($330 value)
  • Honorable Mention: $2,500 in start-up capital, 6-month DECI membership, and a 3-month flex membership with CoLab ($330 value)
  • Innovative Idea Prize: $1,000 in start-up capital and 6-month DECI membership