iStart.org

iStart is a fully customizable white label platform that is the go-to site for organizations running any type of business competition around the world.

Highlights

  • 300+ competitions to date
  • 17,000+ business ideas submitted
  • Competitors located in 123 countries

Education and entrepreneurship organizations hold business competitions to teach valuable skills; for-profit companies use competitions to create a pipeline for potential entrepreneurs

Business competitions provide students and aspiring entrepreneurs:

1. Experiential learning – written plans, financial projections, live pitches, team work, understanding audiences, market positioning, market analysis
2. Networks – relationship building with team members, administrators, judges, and mentors
3. Visibility to a mass audience for driving entrepreneurial activity toward a given topic 
4. Connections to private industry, key decision makers, and prestigious alum with the host organization 
5. PR opportunities

iStart was created with the goal of creating a transparency and access around these business ideas.
— Katie Petersen, Manager, iStart