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  • Mailing List for 2014 Challenge

    Applications for the 2013 Challenge have now closed. Signup here to stay informed about the 2014 Challenge.

What Participants Get

Lean Startup Resources

A one day Lean Startup bootcamp, weekly learning materials, checklists and access to classes

Hands on Advice from Amazing Mentors

Help from the best mentors Chicago has to offer.

Essential Startup Tools

3 months of KISSmetrics, Lean Launch Lab and other tools (more coming soon)


A private posterous space and networking events for participants.

$75,000 in Cash and Prizes


Thoughts From Past Participants

“I haven’t ever had the desire to join a contest because they typically seemed like ivory tower competitions for MBA’s with lots to say and not much to show for it. This was so much different. In a short time, the challenge pushed me to build relationships in the tech, agriculture, and foodie communities, and to build pieces of technology that I can actually measure and test. The people I met through you and the tips I received were night-and-day compared to the path I was going down just a few months ago. I would recommend to any starting entrepreneur that they participate in this challenge.”

- Traci Schaefer, Farm Fixe

“I have enjoyed learning and applying the lean startup method to our business and feel that no matter what outcome the contest brings, we already won! Cheesy but true! The lean method has really helped us validate our assumptions and better position us for development.”

- Jennifer Thomas Founder, Travel720


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