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The St. Louis Startup Challenge is exactly what it sounds like -- a challenge for the best startups. The reward: No-strings-attached cash, top-tier professional services, new office space, and an opportunity to compete in front of all of St. Louis.

Edward Jones and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership bring you the St. Louis Startup Challenge, a new and improved business plan competition. With some of the biggest sponsors in St. Louis and some of the best prize packages, St. Louis Startup Challenge highlights local entrepreneurs, helps them develop their venture and rewards the best-of-the-best in an all-out public celebration.

New in 2014: Bigger and more prizes! We've added four new award categories with additional cash and in-kind prizes. New categories include: most promising minority-owned business, most promising woman-owned business, most promising immigrant-owned business, and most promising veteran-owned business.

About the competition:








Startup Challenge winner Iler Brands

iler Brands Wins Second Place in 2012 Competition

Scott Iler shows Fox 2 reporter Tim Ezell his new product GameDay Scoreboards, second place winner of the 2012 St. Louis Startup Challenge.

St. Louis Startup Challenge video

Challenge Awards Small Businesses Big Prizes

It's a race to the top for the best startups in the St. Louis region! Pitch it. Sell it. Compete for $100,000. The 2013 winners tell about their journey to the top.



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