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What is The Start Something Challenge?

The Start Something Challenge (SSC) is a statewide pitch competition and business strengthening opportunity for New Jersey entrepreneurs. If you are interested in networking, perfecting your elevator pitch, gaining visibility for your business venture, and winning a $10,000 business grant, the Challenge is for you!

The Challenge is organized by Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that helps underserved entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses, and funded by a network of visionary supporters. More than just a business pitch competition, the Challenge also provides participants with opportunities to learn about local business resources, and receive hands-on coaching and mentorship. This ensures that every participant has the best-possible chance at winning the top prize. Free to enter, the competition is open to any New Jersey resident over 18 years old, who operates a business earning less than $250,000 annually, or has a strong business idea.

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The Start Something Challenge 2014 Objectives




1. To inspire New Jersey's entrepreneurs to actualize their business initiatives

2. To spark business creation and work force development in specific sectors, such as:

  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Food
  • Arts, Crafts & Entertainment
  • Public, Social & Health
  • Other Professional Services

3.To challenge current NJ entrepreneurs, regardless of where they are in their business journeys, to grow in a more sustainable way

4. To celebrate Rising Tide Capital's sponsors, entrepreneurs and alumni

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