Business Plan Competition

Applications are now closed for Fall 2017.
Open to Collegiate & Community Teams


Have a brilliant business idea, but aren't sure where to begin? Established a startup 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 and community startups based in Colorado. Established by the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the 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 16 years of guiding entrepreneurial thinkers and empowering them to blaze their own trail.

Submission Requirements:

Applications are now closed for Fall 2017.

  • 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 Orientation & 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 placers

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


Want to Sponsor THE CLIMB?

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

Event Dates:
Orientation – August 31, 2017

Spark Social Happy Hour: Goods – September 28, 2017

Startup Workshop – October 3, 2017

THE CLIMB | Practice Pitches #1 – October 24, 2017

THE CLIMB | Practice Pitches #2 – October 25, 2017

Spark Social Happy Hour: Services – October 26, 2017

THE CLIMB | Collegiate & Community Pitch Night – November 7, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions:

Contact the Jake Jabs Center at 303-315-8500 or email

What is the submission deadline?

How do I know if my team is qualified to apply?

How many team members must qualify for the competition?

What does the application entail?

Is there a fee to apply?