Ottawa's Shopify Brings Back Build-A-Business Competition (With a Twist)

Ottawa's Shopify has brought back its popular Build-A-Business competition where companies use the startup's e-commerce platform to build real online stores.

Each competition has gotten bigger and bigger, with the last winner, Coffee Joulies, taking home a $100,000 grand prize in February this year. The companies in the competition generated a combined $12 million in revenue in eight months using Shopify's technology.

This year's competition is slightly different. Companies will be given $50,000 plus a personal mentor to help take their businesses "to the next level." Below is an introductory video of the competition.


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Shopify is an Ottawa based commerce platform that allows anyone to easily sell online, at their retail location, and everywhere in between. Shopify offers a professional online storefront, a payment solution to accept credit cards, a point of sale system to power retail sales and a card reader to accept payments through a mobile phone. Shopify currently powers over 165,000 active online stores... more

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