$30,000 prize, professional services will be awarded to BizPlan Award winner

The Denver Office of Economic Development will honor the best and brightest ideas in small business again this year through the JumpStart BizPlan Awards.

The office will select three startup and early-stage companies as finalists who will pitch their concepts at a live event Sept. 28 during Denver Startup Week.

The top prize package includes $30,000 cash, legal counsel provided by Polsinelli and strategic marketing services from dovetail solutions. 

"Incredible innovations, products and services are sprouting from firms of all levels and across many industries throughout Denver," says Mayor Michael Hancock. "By spotlighting these rising stars, we hope to spur investment opportunities, open up access to new markets and ultimately help the finalists to attain their growth plans."

The BizPlan Awards are open to startups, as well as established businesses with up to 25 employees that have been in operation for up to five years. The businesses must reside or plan to reside in Denver. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 14, or until 150 entries have been received.

"The JumpStart BizPlan Award is an opportunity to publicly recognize and celebrate our strong culture of innovation," says Paul Washington, executive director of OED. "We’re challenging entrepreneurs to bring forth their best ideas, from which we can help grow jobs, expand the tax base and make Denver a better place to live, work and play."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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