Here's How You Can Win a Trip to Richard Branson's Private Island Courtesy of Tim Ferriss


It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the sign-up period of this year’s annual Build A Business Competition.

This year, we’re seeing more businesses than ever launch online stores and compete to sell as much as they can during the competition period. Perhaps it’s because they know they’re in the running to win a five-day trip to Richard Branson’s private island. Perhaps it’s because they know there has never been a better time to launch an online business.

But we’ve got some news that will throw this year’s competition into high gear. We’re doing something we’ve never done before.

We’re partnering up with mentor and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss to bring an additional winner to Necker Island – and Tim is going to pick the winner.

When we launched the competition, we announced that five lucky entrepreneurs would join our mentors on Necker Island.

But today, Tim launched the Muse Build A Business Competition, where he will pick an additional winner to bring on our week-long island retreat. Not only that, but this winner is in the running to be included as a case study in Tim Ferriss’s upcoming book titled Muse. It’ll contain the stories of some of the most promising startups Tim has encountered throughout his time as an angel investor.

Tim is also opening up some interesting ways to stay engaged throughout the competition. He’ll keep an eye on those who build a big following on social media, and create compelling video content to update their audiences.

Want to learn more about how you can enter Tim Ferriss’s Muse Build A Business Competition? Take a trip over to Tim’s blog to read more.

Here’s How it Works:

The rules are the same as our larger Build A Business 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, we’ll compile a list of businesses that have sold the most over a two-month period. Tim Ferriss will then use those sales, combined with your social media presence and video creation, to determine the winner who will come with him to Necker Island.

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.

The Prizes:

As a refresher, each of our winners will receive:

  • A private jet to Necker Island, where you’ll spend five days alongside your fellow winners and mentors
  • Complimentary meals, drinks, water sports, tennis, pools and a jacuzzi for your enjoyment at Necker Island
  • The opportunity to gain mentorship and insight from each of our renowned mentors
  • An intimate group seminar led by acclaimed entrepreneur Seth Godin

On Necker Island, you’ll be joined by this year’s mentors: Tim Ferriss, Richard Branson, Daymond John, Marie Forleo, and special guest Seth Godin. You’ll receive personalized, invaluable advice and guidance from each of them to help you continue to grow your business.

This competition has helped create over 36,000 new businesses that have sold more than $180 million worth of products. Now’s your chance to join – build a business for life, and win the trip of a lifetime.

Sign up today.

For more information on this year’s Build A Business Competition, view the competition sign-up pagefrequently asked questions and competition rules.