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What is the Mastercard® Grow Your Biz Contest? ▸︎
Business owners can pitch how they will take their business to the next level for the chance to win $25,000 from Mastercard and business consultation with the Panel.*
Who is eligible to enter? ▸︎
The contest is open to individuals who are principal owners of small businesses in the 50 U.S. and DC and who are 18 years of age or older as of 9/1/18.
Is my business considered a "small business?" ▸︎
For the purposes of this contest, a small business is defined as a business with an annual revenue of $5,000,000 or less.
How do I enter? ▸︎
Visit the program website to submit your entry. Complete the registration form, and submit a video up to 1-minute long. In your video, answer this question: how will you grow your business?
When is the timing for the contest? ▸︎
Final Event: 11/8/18
What are the requirements for my entry video? ▸︎
Your entry video must conform to the following requirements:
- If your video includes any narration, it must be in your voice only, be original and the video and its contents must not infringe any third-party rights.
- Your video must not exceed 1 minute in length and must be in English.
- Your video must be in an AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, WMV, or FLV format.
- Maximum file size for video submissions is 500MB.
- Your video may not include any music.
- The person entering the contest must create and appear in the video themselves.
How will my video be judged? ▸︎
All submissions will be judged for: relevance to the contest theme/question and its expression of both creativity and originality, overall appeal, and entertainment value. The four (4) submissions that receive the highest scores will become contest Finalists. For more details, see Official Rules
Can I enter more than once? ▸︎
No, you may only enter the contest once.
What is the Grow Your Biz Panel? ▸︎
The Grow Your Biz Panel is a team of small business experts assembled by Mastercard and Bank of America. During the Final Event of the contest, four (4) Finalists will have the opportunity to make their pitch to the panel. The panel will vote for their favorite pitch to select the one (1) Grand Prize winner.
How will I know if I am chosen as a finalist? ▸︎
If selected, potential Finalists will be notified by phone or email approximately ten (10) business days after the close of the Submission Phase.
Where will the finalists' presentations take place? ▸︎
Finalists will pitch to the Grow Your Biz Panel in New York City on 11/8/18. Finalists and a guest will receive a trip to New York from Mastercard for the event.
How will the Grand Prize winner be chosen? ▸︎
One (1) Grand Prize winner will be selected by the Grow Your Biz Panel at the close of the Final Event on 11/8/18. The Finalist who receives the most votes from the panel will win. For more details, see Official Rules
What could my business win? ▸︎
Four (4) Finalists will each receive $1,000, consultation with the Grow Your Biz Panel, and a trip to New York City from Mastercard.
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive $25,000.