Shopify Announces Build-A-Business Competition

Shopify Announces Build-A-Business Competition


Build an online store with the help of our team of mentors, and you could win one of four $50,000 seed investments.

Today we’re excited to kick off our Shopify Build-A-Business CompetitionTo participate, all you have to do is open an online store and start selling products using Shopify. By February 28th 2013, the four stores that have sold the most over any two month period will win a grand prize package – including a $50,000 investment to help make your business an even bigger success. 

We’ve brought on some of the industry’s biggest names to act as mentors and help guide you through the process:

These world-renowned entrepreneurs have made it big through hard work, dedication, and savvy marketing skills. Now they’re here to help you launch a successful online store. As a competitor, you’ll get full access to advice from these incredible mentors through a competition 'dashboard' which will include exclusive videos, articles, and more.

Grand Prize Packages

Each of the four competition winners will receive:
  • $50,000 investment from a mentor in exchange for 5%, valuing your company at $1 million
  • Trip to New York City to meet with all the mentors
  • $20,000 Google AdWords credit
  • Feature article on Fast Company’s website  

Already Own a Shopify Store? 

Businesses that were started before March 1, 2012 aren’t eligible to win the grand prize package, but can still enter the competition to get expert advice from our mentors. And since you already know Shopify - now is the perfect time to join the competition and test out a new store or product.

Sign Up for the Build-A-Business Competition Now


  • Jeremiah Warren
    Jeremiah Warren
    July 10 2012, 10:05AM

    This is awesome! I just signed up for Shopify, so I’m really excited about this competition.

  • Emma
    July 10 2012, 10:29AM

    Woah you guys rock!

  • @Shopify Dylan - Shopify Guru
    Dylan - Shopify Guru
    July 10 2012, 10:51AM

    So excited that this is launching today! This BuildaBiz buildup has actually been making me giddy. Can’t wait to work with shop owners on this!!

  • Eric M
    Eric M
    July 10 2012, 12:10PM

    great motivation and I like that you are focusing more on the mentorship aspect. Im tempted to start a second online store to compete.

  • Mike Mason
    Mike Mason
    July 10 2012, 12:32PM


  • FulfillRite Order Fulfillment
    FulfillRite Order Fulfillment
    July 10 2012, 05:09PM

    Wow, definitely a generous offer!! Good luck to all the applicants..

  • MacStickrs
    July 10 2012, 07:33PM

    This is exactly why I love Shopify and will never go back to Wordpress. Things like this just make you care and motivate you to do the best you can. I am so excited about this competition! Can’t wait to work alongside with my mentor.

    Thank you Shopify!


  • www.PortableSolarPower.Biz
    July 11 2012, 05:03AM

    I love these competitions!

    Its cool that Daymon John is in on this also! Daymon is also a Jay Abraham Student Fan!

    Check out our store www.PortableSolarPower.Biz

  • Adnan
    July 11 2012, 05:14AM

    Any reason why is it not open globally?

  • Steve
    July 11 2012, 09:29AM

    Does anybody know why these states are excluded… Total bummer.

    “The competition is open to residents of the United States of America (excluding residents of Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Delaware, Louisiana and Montana)”

  • Jack Stephens
    Jack Stephens
    July 11 2012, 09:43AM

    Not open globally because every country, state, province has their own strict contest laws. It would be possible to open the contest around the world but it would cost literally tens of millions in legal and administration fees.

    Same answer for States that are not allowed to participate.

    Not sure I have an idea worth building a store around, but either way, great contest Shopiofy.

  • Negin Sairafi
    Negin Sairafi
    July 12 2012, 04:57PM

    I’d love to participate in this but it says I’m not qualified. We started our store before March 1st because we were working on the back-end but we didn’t go live or sell products until mid-end of April.

  • Jabel
    July 13 2012, 12:27AM

    Why Dominican Republic and Its Currency (DOP) Its not available for Stores on Shopify?

    If there is not problems with it, can you ask the Shopify Team to add this?

    I want to enter the competition and meet Tim Ferris, but with this limitations I can’t, Please Help!

  • Jeffrey
    July 18 2012, 10:04AM

    Love this contest Shopify! Great job encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit and fostering it through a competition like this one.

    Looking forward to seeing the progress of new stores.

    By the way, for anyone who wants a quick and easy way to monitor your Shopify store analytics… check out this post (, I think it could really help anyone participating in the competition.

  • (Haute Things, Inc Leezette Lopatic) (Haute Things, Inc Leezette Lopatic)
    July 18 2012, 05:42PM

    Shopify’s Dylan and others have already helped me w/ my new website Ironically, I recently auditioned for & made it to 2nd round of “Shark Tank” auditions. The casting crew said Daymond will LOVE my charm slider invention for hair accessories w/ matching jewelry. Thanks for offering this contest, Shopify & Mentors!

  • Dennis
    December 02 2012, 08:08PM

    Your system has been recommended to us………however,
    I need to know what your cost/pricing structure is before we commit.

  • Kevin
    December 14 2012, 05:01PM

    When does this contest end?

  • suhana
    April 09 2013, 08:41AM

    Today i came across this amazing new website named…i really think you guys should check it out..

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