KickStart Columbus

Calling all entrepreneurs! The KickStart Columbus Business Plan Contest is back for its 3rd year of helping business owners get a helpful boost in growing their business.

Two Programs: Retail and Product

Existing small businesses and start-ups can apply to win free retail space in downtown Columbus with KickStart Retail, or find investment for their product with SharkMeet. Getting engaged with ECDI to be selected for the program is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1: Attend the Information Session on August 5th at 12 p.m.
Contact Douglas Craven at (614) 559-0115 or to register. The information session will be held at ECDI, Fifth Third Learning Lab, 1611 Old Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219. You will also need to fill out a general application.

Step 2: Complete your business plan by August 18.
For the KickStart Retail competition, follow this business plan template. For the SharkMeet Product competition, follow this business plan template. Deliver all business plans to ECDI, ATTN: Douglas Craven, 1655 Old Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219

Step 3: Finalist will be notified by September 3
ECDI will notify the top five finalists via email, and ECDI training department will work with the five finalists to prepare for the pitch events on September 24 and 25.

KickStart Columbus Event Additional Information

For general inquiries, contact Douglas Craven, Economic and Community Development Institute, (614) 559-0115.

For media inquires, contact John Ivanic, Columbus City Council, (614) 645-6798.

For information on other downtown retail and office space, contact Kacey Brankamp, (614) 645-5095

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