Our Build a Business Competition is a unique opportunity to skyrocket your business to new heights. But aside from the excitement of ringing the NYSE Opening Bell, the exposure of being interviewed live on CNBC, and the luxurious landscape where you’ll spend your five-day retreat, what can you expect to gain from winning this competition?
During our recent trip to Necker Island — the prize for last year’s competition — our former winners created relationships and partnerships that will far outlast our five-day journey.
Something magical happened during our time together. There were breakthroughs; business triumphs and personal struggles. It revitalized our winners’ entrepreneurial spirit and recharged their inner batteries. Some of our winners made valuable business decisions that they’d been stuck on for days or weeks. Others made personal vows to improve their health in order to be the best versions of themselves.
Here's what our previous winners had to say about how this competition changed their lives.
Neil Waller & James Street, Shore Projects
The experience of being a Build a Business winner brought so much value to us. There was the obvious (yet hugely beneficial) value of Shore Projects being promoted across a ton of mainstream media, but there was a more surprising benefit. What we thought was going to be an incredible holiday in fact turned out to be a truly inspiring and insightful week of networking with a group of really cool entrepreneurs and mentors. We've come away totally inspired, gained so many insights in ways to build the business further, and built great friendships with other entrepreneurs. All this from simply clicking one button to enter the Build a Business Competition and just focusing on growing our business. You have nothing to lose; it’s a total no brainer.
Lucy Nourse & Robert Nourse, Little Letter Lights Co.
This experience has taught us that anyone with a dream, commitment and perseverance can create a successful business. You don't have to come from a wealthy background or have experience to make it as an entrepreneur these days. We came to the island thinking that we would gain a lot of knowledge from just the mentors, when in fact we learnt just as much from the other winners and the Shopify team. EVERY person we met had valuable advice to offer. If there's one lesson we could take away from it all, it's that technology these days can empower anybody, from any walk of life, to create the life and business they dream of.
Maneesh Sethi & Sasha Iuleu, Pavlok
When we found out we had won the Shopify Build a Business Competition, we were mostly excited to experience Necker. But we had no idea what we were in store for: some of the smartest people we've ever met, helping nurse and shift our company vision into something that made sense. We left with actual tactical advice — and a major overhaul of product and company strategy. In just a week, we’ve simplified our business model and messaging. It finally makes sense. And it's all thanks to Shopify, the mentors, and the geniuses at the other winning companies.
Matt Hayes & David Wolfe, Leesa
The camaraderie that is created between the Build a Business winners, the Shopify team, and the mentors is simply electric. We learned as much about our business, ourselves, and what it means to be an entrepreneur in five days as we had in our entire career. The advice and insight you receive from the mentors far exceeds what you could read in any blog or book. And having the chance to share ideas with so many brilliant, like-minded entrepreneurs — in paradise, no less — is something you don’t get to experience very often. It’s simply awesome.
Gaston Blanchet & Jesse Potash, Trunkster
Winning Shopify’s Build a Business Competition had a deeply profound impact on our lives as budding entrepreneurs. We were pleasantly surprised to leave the competition with so many practical ideas on growing Trunkster. Not to mention that it was one of the most fun, talented group of humans we’ve ever experienced. Winning the event was easily the most exciting thing to have happened to us both professionally and personally, and we’re so thrilled for next year’s winners to embark on this life-changing journey!
Jonny Teeling & Will Peirce, Coco White
Winning Build a Business was amazing for so many reasons. The mentors were available at any time throughout the week, meaning we got to know them on a more personal level. This gave us plenty of time to talk with them for advice. Socializing with the other founders helped us gain insight into how others run their businesses. We took away loads of valuable information which directly relates to what we do. We also made some good friends who we already plan to see again.
Are you ready to join the ranks of these successful entrepreneurs and win the entrepreneurial experience of a lifetime?
This is your opportunity to spend five days with other startups just like you who are facing many of the same challenges and victories, and to brush elbows with a group of all-star mentors including Tony Robbins, Russell Simmons, and Tim Ferriss — to name but a few. This is your chance to form a Build a Business cohort of lifelong business partners and friends.
But it’s not going to be easy. It means you have to come up with an idea. And if you’ve already got one, it’s time to start selling. And if you’re already doing that, it’s time to 10x your efforts to secure your spot for this year’s entrepreneurial experience of a lifetime.