If you are a student in Montreal, you are undoubtedly aware of the struggles that come with trying to balance your grades, social life, boyfriend/girlfriend, and everything else. Now imagine adding a business into the mix.

Well, as it turns out, more students than you would think have already taken steps towards becoming successful self-made entrepreneurs, and if you’re one of them, we have an amazing opportunity for you. How about $10,000 in marketing value? Now that's worth something.

MTL Blog is now launching a challenge of its own for all of you self-starters who have great ideas and followed through to create a real business.

The Montreal Start Up Challenge is the first-ever start up challenge in Montreal to cater exclusively to students and offer custom marketing campaigns to its winners.

  1. The challenge is looking for student entrepreneurs whose businesses are moving society forward. And by this, we don't mean you've simply put a clock in a lawnmower and call it 'progress'.
  2.  What happens if you've dropped out of school? No problem. If you started the idea within 2 years of your leaving school, you're still eligible!
  3. Yes, there are some specific criteria. This isn't a free for all! Criteria include, not being a company older than 3 years, not having generated more than 500k in revenue, and of course – you have to be/have been enrolled in an educational institution recognized in Quebec for at least one year.
  4. Winners will be decided by popular vote and a judges panel decision. The judges include experts from the start up domain and will be announced as the challenge unfolds.

The MSUChallenge is happy to welcome Notman House and Montreal NewTech on board as main partners in the undertaking of this brand new endeavour. Notman House, seasoned experts in the start up community, provide support to the 12 finalists and bring their iconic start up hub in Montreal as the location for the finale gala into the fold. Montreal NewTech, the largest non profit community fostering the startup ecosystem is recognized amongst start ups for their engaging presentations and continuous presence in all things Montreal start up related. The partners will be offering prizes for start ups while helping to deliver a unique experience for finalists with an expert judging panel. BiteSize Entertainment, the creators of Zoofest, are another proud addition to the judging panel and list of sponsors. These partners help make Montreal's first-ever start up challenge an opportunity to look out for!

So to all of you who have said “goodbye” to Friday night drinks with friends, concerts, raves, and your gaming consoles, all for the sake of business, this challenge is for you!

Register your business now!

You can also participate by using the #MSUChallenge or #DefiJEM hashtag online to show your support for these start ups!

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