Got questions? We've got answers.

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

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

2. If I am one of the 11 winners, how soon does my company need to locate to Buffalo, NY?

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

3. How many rounds of judging are there?

The competition includes three rounds of judging:
        1.  Feb 5, 2014 to May 31, 2014: 43North accepts applications via 43North.org – apply here.
        2.  Late August/early September 2014: Semifinalists present their plans via webinar
        3.  Oct 30, 2014: Finalists present their plans in-person in Buffalo, NY

4. 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.

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

Yes, each of the 11 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. When can I enter?

43North accepted 2014 entries from February 5, 2014 to May 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The application period is now completed for 2014.  

9. How do I enter?

The 2014 application period is now closed. 


10. What are the eligibility requirements for entry?

43North is open to applicants ages 18 and older from anywhere in the world, in any industry, with the exception of retail and hospitality.  We are looking for business ideas that are scalable and have the potential for aggressive growth.

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.

Volunteer

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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!

Prizes

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What Could You Win?

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