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Main Street Entrepreneur Workshop & Pitch Competition

A business pitch competition to help entrepreneurs grow so our local downtown community can thrive.

Renton Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with the City of Renton, the Renton Chamber of Commerce, and the Port of Seattle, is offering entrepreneurs and existing businesses an opportunity to share their business ideas and win the resources they need to open a business in downtown Renton.

Participating in the Entrepreneur Workshop & Pitch Competition is FREE.

The competition consists of 5 workshops and a live pitch event. You can participate in any or all of the workshops.  While participation in the workshops is optional, you must present your pitch at the live event on April 18, 2023 to be eligible to win an award.

The three business stage categories that contestants will compete in are:

  • Startup/Idea: For the purposes of the competition, startup or idea stage businesses are defined as businesses that do not have any sales or revenue yet.
  • Early: For the purposes of the competition, early stage businesses are defined as any business that does have sales or revenue and with less than $75,000 of gross sales last year or less than two years in business.
  • Established: For the purposes of this competition, established businesses are defined as any business with more than $75,000 in gross sales last year or in business for more than two years. Established businesses must meet the Small Business Administration (SBA) definition of a small business enterprise, which is a business with less than 1,500 employees and no more than $38.5 million in annual revenue.
Businesses that can qualify as both early stage and established business can only compete in one category.
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Cash Prizes:

  • Three (3) $5,000 Prizes – The winner of each competition category receives $5,000.
  • Up to three (3) $5,000 Incentives – Any finalist that takes the next step and signs a lease for a storefront in Downtown Renton by October 15, 2023 will be awarded an additional $5,000.

Benefits & Incentives

Start your Journey Here!
Build the knowledge and confidence you need to start or grow your business. This challenge offers an ideal setting for hands-on application of practical business tools and the ability to clearly communicate the value of your product or service and the benefits your business offers. The three finalists will receive a variety of cash and/or in-kind prizes which may include discounted office/storefront space, website design and development, marketing plan, legal services, printing services, graphic design services, and more.
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How to Participate

Registration opens online January 2, 2023
Interested participants complete an online registration form, which includes providing contact information and short answers to four questions about your business. Participants have the opportunity to reserve their space in the pitch competition by applying by April 10, 2023.
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Eligibility

Do you have what it takes?
The Entrepreneur Workshop & Pitch Competition is open to anyone that is at least 18 years old and has a desire to open a brick and mortar store in Downtown Renton. A Washington State business license is not required to participate in the workshops. If you do not have a Washington State business license, Renton Downtown Partnership will help you apply for one before the end of the competition. If you complete 3 out of 4 workshops and participate in the Live Pitch Competition, Renton Downtown Partnership will pay for both the City of Renton and the State of Washington Business Licenses.
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Rules & Regulations

The Competition is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void in any jurisdiction where it is prohibited by law or regulation. Competition and Official Rules Subject to Modification by Renton Downtown Partnership (RDP).
Official Competition Rules
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