Shopify’s 3rd Annual Build-A-Business Competition

Shopify-bagI was thrilled to be asked to be a guest mentor for Shopify's Build-A Business competition this year. 

Ecommerce has changed the retail environment.  Not only has every brick and mortar store of the past had to figure out how to engage their customers online, the flow of new ecommerce business are emerging daily.  The easiest way to open a shop online is to use Shopify for your backend.  It is easy to use, they can host your site and at this point over 25,000 online shops use their service. 

Having an annual competition that provides mentorship, guidance and a bunch of free products that allows your company to build out its product and compete to be a possible winner by selling the most goods over a two month period is brilliant.  Four companies will win and with that receive a $50K investment valuing the company at $1m. 

All you have to do is open your online company now and start selling products using Shopify.  Companies that launched prior to March 1, 2012 are not eligible for the competition.  On February 28, 2013, which ever four companies that have sold the most products over a two month period win. 

Check out more information here and get going.  This is a great incubator concept for ecommerce businesses.  Let the games begin.