Turn your creative business idea into a reality!
Enter the 1010 WINS & Canon MAXIFY Printers Small Business Grant Challenge!
This contest commences on October 30, 2017 and concludes with an exciting Live finale show on December 6, 2017
Enter to win $10,000!

What is the Small Business Grant Challenge?

1010 WINS and Canon MAXIFY Printers have teamed up to create this contest to showcase the best entrepreneurial talent in the New York Metropolitan area.
Contestants will go through a series of rounds that will culminate in a final live show at the Adorama Live Theatre at 1010 WINS in New York City. And the winner wins $10,000!

How It Works

Round 1: October 30th - November 19th

It's easy to enter! contestants apply online by submitting a brief 60-second video and an essay describing how their business or business idea will make use of the $10,000 grant. The video can be just a selfie video! It doesn't have to be professionally produced.

Round 2: November 20th - November 26th

This is the voting round. The public will vote on their favorite contestants and the top 50 will move on to the next round. Get your friends and family to vote!

Round 3: November 27th - November 30th

The Grant Challenge Judges will meet and will determine the Top 10 Finalists. This process will be shared with the audience throughout this round.

December 6th

This will be a live event held at the Adorama Live Theatre at 1010 WINS in New York City. Each of the Top 10 Finalists will make a 1½ minute presentation in front of the Judges and audience, with another 3½ minutes of Q and A with the Judges. The public will vote during the show and help determine who will get the $10,000 Small Business Grant.

And the Winner Wins $10,000!

The $10,000 winner will be announced at the end of the live show.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does my 60 second video have to look "professional"?
No, not at all! It can just be a video selfie of you recorded on your phone! We just want to get a quick sense of you and your business. We've tried to make it super easy to enter our contest.

Q: Are there any strings attached to the $10,000 grand prize?
For the grand prize winner, the money is all yours and there are no strings attached!

Q: How else do I benefit from entering your contest?
We are hopeful that you will get more exposure for your business especially if you go further in the later rounds. We are also actively encouraging voter participation from the general population, so hopefully this will lead to more engagement and interest for your business from people who will know your story well.

Q: What is the Live finale show like?
It is exciting and hopefully a great learning experience for all participants. The thought of making your 90 second live pitch might make you a little nervous, but don't worry, the judges are very supportive and we will help you craft your message. We want you to succeed! Besides, you have to get our there to promote your business anyway, so think of this as a great, real-world experience.

Q: Can I use my phone to enter the contest?
Absolutely! But just keep in mind that your cellular data speed might not be that great if you are not on Wi-Fi, so please allow time for your video to upload (and don't hit the refresh or back button on your mobile browser during this process!).