Announcing the 5th Shopify Build a Business Competition

Ewa2
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
135 0 40

Hi everyone!

For our fifth annual Build a Business Competition, we’re doing things a little differently. We’re flying 5 winners on a private jet to Richard Branson’s Necker Island for a 5-day adventure full of mentorship, exploration, and professional growth.

To participate in this year’s competition, all you have to do is come up with a product, open a Shopify store, enter the competition – then start selling.

At the end of the competition, the five stores that sell the most over a two-month period will win this trip of a lifetime.

You can enter the competition from today until March 31st, 2015 and any Shopify store that was opened after June 1st, 2014 may join the competition. You’ll be able to keep ramping up sales until May 31, 2015 when the competition officially closes.

The competition is open to residents of US (select states), UK, AUS, NZ, Canada, Spain and Denmark. Although strict gaming laws prevent us from making prizes available in every country, everyone can participate in the competition.

For further information check out our blog and Build A Business website.

Here are the rules and FAQ.

Good luck!

Raye_Stiles
Excursionist
24 0 8

Why is Arizona excluded from the competition?

Ewa2
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
135 0 40

Hi Raye,

We would love to have Arizona in the competition however due to competition/sweepstake laws that are done at the state level we weren't allowed to have every state included. The states excluded from the competition are Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Delaware, Louisiana and Montana. 

Please don't let this discourage you and keep at it! The most important part is that your business grows and you keep hitting those record sales :)

Happy Selling!

Brittany_Keller
Shopify Partner
6 0 5

How are the categories being broken up?  I can't seem to find any information on what verticals are in the competition.

Ewa2
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
135 0 40

Hey Brittany,

This year Shopify will classify the entrants into one of four categories. The categories are:

  1. Fashion and Apparel
  2. Electronics and Gadgets
  3. Art, Jewelry and Crafts
  4. Everything else

Entrants only compete against other entrants in the same category.

Good Luck! 

James_Carroll1
New Member
1 0 1

Looking forward to it... thanks Ewa! 

James

 

Jessica_Castill
Tourist
25 0 3

I opened my store April of 2013 and haven't been able to participate in any of the Business Competitions, since last year was the first time hearing about them. Will there be any opportunities for shopify stores that have not participated in previous year s?

Ewa2
Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
135 0 40

Any Shopify store that was opened after June 1st, 2014 may join the competition. Currently we don't have any related competitions for shops that are not eligible. We do have mini contests that you can enter - we post them on Twitter: @Shopify and @ShopifyPicks

Happy Selling!

Laura_w__ecomda
Tourist
9 0 2

RE: Hangin’ with Dr. Yes

We’re new to the forum and app store. Thought it would be fun to ask: If you won the Shopify Build a Business Competition and flew to Richard Branson’s private island -- imagine you had a whole a day to spend with him, what activities would you want to do?

Good luck!

Laura and the rest of the team at ecomdash

Viet_Nguyen1
New Member
1 0 1

Will we be able to track our performance against other stores?