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Small Businesses. Big Impact.


Contestant Application Questions


Are there application entry fees?

No. The application for Hatch Bloomington is completely free.

Do I have to include a reference in my application?

No, but a reference would strengthen your overall application and business proposal.

Is the competition virtual or in-person?

The competition will be held in-person, so be prepared to travel to Civic Plaza (1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431) for all pitch rounds and public facing events.

Do I need to be an established, up and running business to apply?

No! Although we welcome business owners looking to grow their current operation, we encourage anyone with a business idea to apply. As long as the proposal includes a brick-and-mortar storefront presence in the City of Bloomington.

What do I need to have before I apply?

As part of the application process, you will need a description of your business proposal, work            completed, and projected use of funds. You will also need to provide a finance/budget document. Optional deliverables, such as a business plan, website, pitch deck, and social media channels, could help strengthen your proposal.

I have submitted my application by the May 3rd deadline, when can I expect to hear if I made it to the Top 25 Semi-Final round?

If you are selected to be one of the top 25 semi-finalists, you will be notified by June 3rd. If you have made the cut, you have 23 days to prepare for the Top 25 Semi-Final Pitch Round on June 26.


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