Rise Up, Get Started entrepreneurship competitions

No matter your background, we want to help you start a business and take charge of your future. How? Introducing the Rise Up, Get Started entrepreneurship competition for formerly incarcerated people.

You know that you could be a successful business owner, Rise Up, Get Started, will help you take a first step in the right direction and give you the connections you need to thrive.

Many entrepreneurship competitions ask for a lengthy business plan. Ours is different. We want to know how you’re working to grow as a leader and what project you’re going after next to build your business.

You’ll compete for $1000s in prizes and pitch your project to our judges and the community across one of the following categories:

  • Do good: If you want to lead an innovative small-scale community improvement project, we can make that happen.
  • This is a test: Every business starts with a little experiment to see how potential customers will react to your product or service. Let’s try something new.
  • Fuel: If you already have a small business up and running and need a boost. . . we can help.

Ready to go? Email RISE UP to kylejsmith@determinationincorporated.com or text 816-607-1873.

Want to help support the competition? Thank you! Read more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Thank you to our Reentry partners: Journey to New Life, Connections to Success, Second Chance, Good Samaritan Project, AdHoc Group Against Crime, KC Nova and Metro Lutheran Ministries.

Entrepreneurship partners: Project UK, KCSourceLink, Porter House KC, H&R Block Business and Career Center at the KC Public Library, 1 Million Cups KC, Square One Small Business Services at Mid Continent Public Library, SCORE .