Yakima County Development Association - Enterprise Challenge Contest Schedule

Contest Schedule


2017 Key Dates

Key Contest Activities/Events

October 2016

Registration Begins.  Informational meetings about contest for the general public and interested participants.

December 29, 2016

Early Registration deadline $150 fee (discounted rate)

January 5, 2017

DEADLINE - Registration and $175 fee due

January 10 

Contestant Orientation: Business Plan Contest Details

January 12

Contestant Workshop - Start Up Marketing

January 17

Contestant Workshop – Business Plan Financials and Funding Options


Contestant Workshop - Implementing Business Technology

January 24


Contestant Help Session - individual assistance

January 26


Contestant Help Session - individual assistance

February 2

DEADLINE - Business Plan Pitch Due
Contestants compete for Trade Show ( top 16)

February 9

Top 16 announced

February 16

Contestant Workshop - Trade Show Techniques - Pitch Clinic

February 17

DEADLINE - Trade Show Revised Business Plan Pitch Due

February 22

Enterprise Trade Show
Contestants compete to advance to final round (top 8)

February 23

Eight Finalists Announced

February 28

Finalist Workshop - Advanced Business Plan and Financial Statements 

March 9

DEADLINE - Full Business Plan due

March 14

Finalist Workshop - Perfecting the Pitch

March 16

Final Presentation Practice 

March 29

Oral presentations & Final Judging Round

March 31

Awards Ceremony – Winners are announced!


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