Got questions? We've got answers.

1. What rules must I follow as a judge?

Please read our Judges Agreement.

2. Will 43North provide guidance to winners as they relocate to Buffalo, NY?

Yes, 43North will provide relocation guidance to facilitate integration in Buffalo.

3. If I am one of the winners, how soon does my company need to locate to Buffalo, NY?

Companies are required to locate to Buffalo, NY in January 2015.

4. How many rounds of judging are there?

Please stay tuned as we release details about the 2015 competition. In the meantime, prepare to apply by refining your business ideas!

5. When will I be notified if my business idea has made it to the semifinal round?

43North will notify semifinalists July 15, 2014. They will then be asked to complete a second round application and pitch their idea via a live video conference with a team of judges.

6. Does 43North take equity in my startup if I am one of the winners?

Yes, each of the winners agree to provide 43North with 5% non-dilutive equity in their company, regardless of whether they've received a $1 million, $500,000 or $250,000 prize.

7. Will your staff and judges sign confidentiality agreements?

Due to the sheer number of submissions received by 43North, none of its staff, agents, including judges, or assigns will enter into any confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement. Please thoroughly review our Terms and Conditions before entering 43North.

8. Why should I enter 43North?

43North is an opportunity to dramatically accelerate your business. 43North will award one $1 million grand prize, as well as six $500,000 prizes and four $250,000 prizes. Winners will also receive access to key resources, mentors and free incubator space.

9. When can I enter?

43North accepted 2014 entries from February 5, 2014 to May 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Please stay tuned for 2015 registration information. 

10. How do I enter?

The 2014 application period is now closed. Please stay tuned for 2015 registration information. 

About 43North

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Global Business Plan Competition

With $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards, 43North is setting out to turn the best new business ideas from around the globe into reality.


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Become a Judge

Would you like to help identify the next generation of high-impact startups? Then volunteer to be a judge for 43North!


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What Could You Win?

The money is only the start! Winners also receive incubator space, mentorship and incentives!