Business Plan Competition

Applications Are Now Closed for Spring 2017.
Open to Collegiate Teams
Denver, Boulder and Golden Universities

Do you have a brilliant business idea, but are not sure where to begin? Have you established a small business in the past year and are looking for an opportunity to showcase and grow your business? THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Center Business Plan Competition may be your next step toward entrepreneurial success.

THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition is a business development event for collegiate startups based in Colorado. Established by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at University of Colorado Denver, THE CLIMB is a multi-stage competition that helps entrepreneurs transform concepts into viable businesses through mentorship, education, financial support and real-world business exchanges. With more than 500 mentor hours shared and $1 million awarded to date, THE CLIMB celebrates 15 years of guiding entrepreneurial thinkers and empowering them to blaze their own trail.

Submissions for Spring 2017 are now CLOSED. 

Submission Requirements

All competitors must submit:

  • Online submission form
  • Brief video pitch of business idea or existing startup
  • Executive summary (no longer than three pages)
 How It Works


Attend Orientation and Workshops


Submit Pitch and Executive Summary




Participants Selected to Move on to Pitch Night

Semi Finals and Finals Event



Participation Benefits

The CLIMB | Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Rocky Mountain West. From mentorship and workshops to speakers and pitch opportunities, the growth possibilities are endless for those willing to make The Climb.



Additional Benefits


Recognition and Exposure


Access to exclusive mentorship opportunities


Workshops and pitch support events


Financial awards for top placers



Urban Productions, Colorado Symphony, Holland and Hart, TaxOps, Posner Center, and AppIt Ventures

Contact Sarah Engel for sponsorship opportunities at

Orientation and Business Plan Writing Workshop – Returns Spring 2018

Startup and Business Plan Workshop – April 6, 2017

Pitch Night – April 27, 2017

Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition: Semi-finals Pitch Presentations – Returns Spring 2018

Jake Jabs Business Plan Competition: THE CLIMB Finals and Awards – Returns Spring 2018
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Questions? Contact the Jake Jabs Center at 303-315-8500, or email