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Have a brilliant business idea, but aren't sure where to begin? THE CLIMB | Jake Jabs Center Business Plan Competition may be your next step toward entrepreneurial success.

THE CLIMB | Business Plan Competition is a business development event series for collegiate startups based in Colorado. Established by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver, THE CLIMB is designed to help student entrepreneurs transform concepts into viable businesses through education, mentorship, networking and financial support. With more than 500 mentor hours shared and $1 million awarded to date, THE CLIMB celebrates 16 years of guiding entrepreneurial thinkers and empowering them to blaze their own trail.

Submission Requirements:

Applications will be open starting February 1st, 2018.

  • A complete online application on Reviewr
  • A 60-90 second video pitch of business idea or existing startup
  • An executive summary (no longer than three pages)
How It Works:

Attend Kick Off Party & Workshops

Submit Application


Participants Selected for Pitch Night

Pitch Night


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.

Recognition and Exposure

Access to exclusive mentorship opportunities

Workshops and pitch support events

Financial awards for top finalists

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Want to Sponsor THE CLIMB?

 Contact Sarah Engel for opportunities at 303-315-8503 or

Event Dates:
Kick Off Party – January 30, 2018

Startup Workshop – February 13, 2018

Spark Social Happy Hour – February 27, 2018

Finalists Reveal/Meet Your Mentor – March 13, 2018

Pitch Night – April 26, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions:

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