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What is the Growth Strategy Challenge?

The goal of every business is growth. To make it happen, you need a clear vision and careful planning. Do you have the strategy to turn your vision into a reality? Come watch this exciting event to learn from your peers on the art of pitching and business growth strategies.  Think you’ve got what it takes? Enter your submission below.

Four contestants will go head to head, presenting their growth plans in front of a live audience. Once the winner is announced, the panelists will critique each pitch and take questions from the audience.


10:00 am – 11:00 am – The Growth Strategy Challenge – Part 1: The Pitch

The goal of every business is growth, which requires a clear vision and careful planning. In the first of this two-part competition, four contestants will pitch their plans to a panel of experts for the chance to win $500 and a comprehensive legal Compliance Kit from CT Corporation.

Come watch this exciting competition to learn from your peers on the art of pitching and business growth strategies or sign-up to be one of the four finalists to compete.


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – The Growth Strategy Challenge – Part 2: The Panel

After a brief deliberation period, the panelists will announce the winner and host a live critique session, breaking down what worked and what didn’t for each of the four pitches. They’ll also take questions from the audience and share their expertise on business growth, compliance, funding, and business law.



  1. First place: $500 Visa gift card and a legal Compliance Package from the experts at CT Corporation (valued at $489)
  2. All four finalists:
  • A custom Business License Package from CT Corporation (valued at $169)
  • Complimentary event registration
  • Valuable experience pitching before an audience of peers
  • Free advice from expert panelists
  • Free online and social media publicity throughout various CT Corporation and NY Expo channels
  • The opportunity to distribute promotional materials to a captive audience


Prize packages do not include state fees and will expire after 6 months if not redeemed.

The Business License Package Includes:
  • An outline of all required licenses and permits at every level—we determine your needs and sift out everything else
  • Consolidated applications and instructions for each, complete with payment details so your application can go through without a hitch
  • Specific contact information for each licensing department—no need to spend time looking up phone numbers, addresses, or websites
  • Additional state-issued guides and information, along with local resources to help you obtain any and all required training
The Compliance Package Includes:
  • Formation Preparation & Filing
    Filing Articles of Organization with the state.
  • Verify Name Availability
    Check the availability of your desired business name with the state.
  • Registered Agent Services
    Expert management of critical business communications
  • Employer ID Number (EIN)
    Obtain your federal Employer Identification Number from the IRS.
  • Annual Report Filing Services
    Never miss a deadline with CT’s managed annual report filing service.
  • Corporate Seal & Compliance Kit
    Comprehensive kit for recordkeeping and custom company seal.

How to Enter

View the Official Rules and submit an entry form below by 5 p.m. on October 9, 2015.

Finalist Announcement

CT Corporation will choose four contestants by midnight on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Contestants will be notified by phone or email on Wednesday, October 14.


Judgment Criteria for Entrants

  • 15% – A well-written business description
  • 15% – Well-written business values and mission statements
  • 30% – The creativity and viability of the strategic growth plan
  • 40% – How well the growth plan is connected to the company vision and mission


Judgment Criteria for Contestants

  • 15% – Presentation creativity
  • 15% – Concise business description (What does your business do? What is your company’s mission and values?)
  • 30% – The creativity and viability of the strategic growth plan
  • 40% – How well the growth plan is connected to the company vision and mission


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.   Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.  Other restrictions and conditions apply. View complete Official Rules here.  Sponsor:  CT Corporation, 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10011.

If you would like to enter, please fill out the entry form below.

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