Shopify Announces Build A Business 2015 Competition Winners
Cloud-based ecommerce platform Shopify has announced the winners of its latest Build A Business competition.
To take part, participants must have had no sales or brand recognition prior to June 1, 2014. The competition lasted eight months and the winners were those with the highest sales in their best two months of trading. Tens of thousands of entrants sold a quarter of a billion dollars of products over the eight months that the competition ran.
Each winner will spend five days on Necker Island with Richard Branson, Daymond John, Tim Ferriss, and Marie Forleo. They'll also be treated to a private seminar led by Seth Godin.
The six winning businesses were Leesa (mattresses), Trunkster (luggage), Shore Projects (watches), PAVLOK (wearable electronics), Little Letter Lights Co. (lighting), and Coco White (teeth whitening).
"We knew that for our fifth year, we had to go bigger and better, which is why we chose to work with Sir Richard, one of the most accomplished and inspirational entrepreneurs in the world," said Harley Finkelstein, the Chief Platform Officer of Shopify. "We knew that the grand prize of spending a week on a private island, getting advice and mentoring from the likes of Sir Richard, Seth Godin, and Tim Ferriss, would motivate people to kickstart their ideas into actual businesses and I'm amazed at this year's group of entrepreneurs, businesses and products."