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San Joaquin 
Entrepreneur Challenge 

A regional initiative fostering
Innovation • Entrepreneurship • Jobs • Prosperity

The San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge is an "American Idol" style multi-round entrepreneurial competition presented by the San Joaquin Angels in partnership with regional economic development and academic organizations.  The Challenge is open to residents and businesses located in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties in Northern California.

Be a part of the Challenge by completing the entry form and submitting it online by Sunday, February 7, 2016. You are strongly encouraged to attend one of the preparation workshops prior to submitting your entry.  From the received entries, up to 20 participants will be selected to compete in Round One of the San Joaquin Challenge.  Participants will be given two (2) minutes to make their presentation.  A panel of judges and the audience will determine the eight (8) participants who move to Round Two.  

Proposed dates for 2016:

Round One                 Stockton Golf & Country Club
March 16, 2016          3800 W. Country Club Blvd       
5-8:30 pm                  Stockton, CA 95204
$15                            Register here ($20 at the door)

Round Two                Stockton Golf & Country Club
April 13, 2016             3800 W. Country Club Blvd  
5-8:30 pm                 Stockton, CA 95204
$15                           Register here ($20 at the door)

Dress code:  Business casual/no denim

A total of $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in professional services will be awarded to two winning entrepreneurs!

Our experience with the San Joaquin Entrepreneur Challenge was tremendous. We learned so much from the process of participating about what we needed to do to advance our business that we felt we had won even before we were awarded second place. We enjoyed the criticism we received in every round and feel that the bright minds of the men and women who organized this challenge strengthened us and improved the possibility of our business success.

Niles Jackson
Jackson Tool & Machine
2015 2nd Place Winner