St. Charles County Demo Day

St Charles County Demo Day is an entrepreneurship contest organized by the EDC Business and Community Partners of St Charles County and hosted by OPO Startups. The competition will award up to $40,000 (equity-free) plus in-kind services and prizes to winning contestants.

Finalist will pitch live on November 8, 2017 at 5:30 PM in a Shark Tank-style format to judges and a live audience.

All finalist will be provided space at the  Startup Connection Showcase. First and Second place winners will be acknowledged and the People’s Choice Award will be announced.


Application entries open August 23, 2017 and close October 4, 2017. The top 5 selected entries will be notified by October 18 to compete live at the STC Demo Day at OPO Startups on November 8. Each finalist will be given 8 minutes to present their ideas to a live audience and answer judge’s questions.  The top two presenters will be awarded 1st and 2nd place prizes.

Every industry sector is eligible, but the business must be new or early stage with a clearly defined business plan, researched audience and scalability.

Eligible Applicants:

  • U.S. legal residents, age 18 and older
  • Not related to EDC or OPO Startups staff or any judges
  • Use prize money for outlined business development purposes only
  • Franchises are not eligible
  • Must be available to present at STC Demo Day on November 8
  • Must submit the application by October 4
  • Will be included in press releases and social media
  • Be an active business under $250,000 in revenue

Submission Details:

  • 15 page or less presentation in Power Point or Keynote
  • 25 pages or less business plan in PDF
  • 1 page statement of financial projections and reasoning for projections.
  • Essays limited to one page each, answering the following questions:
    • Why should we select you?
    • How will you use the prize money to grow your business?
    • Where do you see your business in 2 years?
    • How will you use the money to benefit the local (St. Charles County) economy?

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