Introducing Shopify's Build a BIGGER Business Competition

Shopify Build a BIGGER Business Competition

A castle inspired by a literary masterpiece. An island owned by a knighted business mogul. Private jets, celebrity mentorship, bragging rights.

We continue to outdo ourselves in the name of inspiring people to pursue their dreams. If the freedom of small business ownership and the ability to do what you love every day aren’t incentive enough, every year we up the ante, offering incredible prizes and experiences to sweeten the pot.

Over the past 7 years, Shopify has helped over 100,000 merchants launch businesses through Build a Business, an annual competition asking scrappy freshman entrepreneurs one question: can you sell the most?

On the heels of one of our biggest competition prizes yet, complete with a stay at the Gatsby mansion and mentorship from the likes of Russell Simmons and Tony Robbins, how we could possibly make Build a Business even bigger?

The answer lies in the question itself.

Introducing: Build a BIGGER Business

This year, we’re proud to announce our first Build a BIGGER Business competition. How is it bigger? This time, rather than focusing on springboarding new businesses, we’re opening this competition to our established merchants.

(Don’t worry, our annual flagship Build a Business competition is still going strong—stay tuned for the announcement!)

So you have a thriving business? You’re already doing great things? We want you to be even better! Build a BIGGER Business challenges seasoned entrepreneurs to take their businesses to new levels, while brilliant business minds guide you along the way.

How it Works

To enter your business in Build a BIGGER Business, your store must meet the following requirements:

  • Privately-held business on the market for over one year
  • Sales between $1 million and $50 million (USD) during 2016
  • Already selling online through Shopify (or migrate to Shopify by February 28, 2017)

You will have until February 28, 2017 to submit applications. Sales during the period of March 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017 will be used to determine the winners in multiple growth categories.

Participants will gain access to learning tools and support from mentors throughout the competition. Build a BIGGER Business Academy—a community and learning program—will be available to all participants, not just the winners.

For more information about the competition and eligibility, please read our Terms and Conditions.


Our Mentors

Our Build a BIGGER Business mentors include industry experts and celebrity entrepreneurs like The 4-Hour Workweek's Tim Ferriss, ABC Shark Tank’s Daymond John, TV host and life coach Marie Forleo, and Goldie Blox CEO Debbie Sterling.

Author and entrepreneur, Tony Robbins is back, too, this time as an official competition partner. This competition is also sponsored by NYSE, Sid Lee, and Allison+Partners.

Our full Build a BIGGER Business mentor roster:

Build a BIGGER Business Mentors

The Prizes

This is a prize package bigger than any we’ve awarded in the past. Two businesses with the highest growth in sales volume and percentage growth during the competition will be selected to receive our grand prize, which includes:

  • Airfare to New York City to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange
  • A once-in-a-lifetime entrepreneurial getaway at the Namale Resort and Spa in Fiji with Tony Robbins and our business mentors
  • A marketing package worth $1 million USD, which includes branding, advertising, and public relations strategies from leading creative agencies
  • A free two-year Shopify Plus subscription

Winners from six additional categories, chosen from the top 50 entrants with the highest percentage growth, will also join our grand prize winners in New York City and Fiji:

  • Best Scale Strategy
  • Best Marketing Strategy
  • Best Raving Fan Culture
  • The Disruptor
  • Tony Robbins Choice
  • Shopify’s Pick

With the right coaching, the right tools and the right mindset, entrepreneurs can take their businesses to incredible heights.

Tony Robbins

Since our very first Build a Business competition launched in 2010, 30 winners have all realized $1 million+ businesses. We know that it’s only the start of bigger things to come.

Ready to 10X your success? Enter your business now.