Startup Competition

Application Instructions

The Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition utilizes the online platform YouNoodle to collect, review and progress applications.  To apply, each team must first create a free YouNoodle account.  A YouNoodle account provides each applicant cloud based access to collaborate, review, submit and track applications. YouNoodle will be the primary communication vehicle for the Alabama Launchpad competition. Each application owner can invite other team members to view and/or edit an application. Each team member will need to create their own YouNoodle account and accept their invitation to fill out their personal form.

Applications for the next cycle of the startup competition will open July 10 and the deadline to apply is August 14, 2017 at 9:00 am CST.

Quick Competition Calendar (Covering All 2017 Competitions)

Click here to download – How to apply webinar slides

Application Steps

(All tasks must be completed by the set deadline, tasks can be completed in any order and changed up until submitted)

* Indicates a template is provided. Failure to use provided templates may result in rejection of application.

  1. Create a YouNoodle Account
  2. Complete all application tasks
    1. Agree to Terms and Conditions
    2. Complete Startup Application
    3. Complete Team Information Form
    4. Upload 3 Minute Pitch Video
    5. Upload Slide Deck (10 slides max)
    6. Upload completed business model canvas*
    7. Upload completed project budget*
    8. Pay Application Fee $150 through PayPal

Templates

The templates linked below are use by Alabama Launchpad applicants. These documents are also available within YouNoodle on the Application Form. Launchpad competitors should download these files and provide the required information.

Business Plan Guidelines and Format

Each business plan must follow the guidelines as stated and formatted and submitted as requested. Those guidelines are in the PDF included below.

Download Business Plan Guidelines

Project Budget Template

Download Project Budget Template

Please use this template to submit a budget proposal as well as financial projections and sources of previous capital. Please refer to the “Start Here” and “Rules and Definitions” tabs within the file for further instructions. Failure to complete all sections of the budget template may result in rejection of your application.

Business Model Canvas Template

Download Business Model Canvas template

All applicants must submit a one page business model canvas using the PowerPoint template provided below. For help in completing your canvas we recommend reviewing the Business Model Canvas website.  Not sure how to start you Business Model Canvas?  Checkout this video series from the Kauffman Foundation.

YouNoodle Questions?

Contact: younoodle@support.com

 

Need help with your application?

Contact a mentoring coordinator from your area for referrals to local resources.

Kick-Off Webinar Overview Packet