About the Contest


Grand Prize Winners Announced

After our panel of judges carefully selected the top entries for each region, we opened up voting to the public to help choose the best technology plans from the Entrepreneurs and the Startups. Grand Prize winners get an additional $20,000 cash award and a trip to Philadelphia – where they and a guest will meet with Business Innovations Experts to discuss how to put their technology plan into action.


See who won!

Grand Prize Winners

From these 30 winners, six will be named as GRAND PRIZE Winners and will receive an additional $20,000 and a special trip to Comcast headquarters in Philadelphia – where they will meet with teams to discuss growth strategies, business planning, operations, financials and marketing.

I4E Grand Prize Event

Grand Prize Winners will spend a day meeting and brainstorming with business experts about how to grow their business. Past winners call this opportunity “life changing” and “unparalleled.”


The business experts currently include:  Anita Campbell, Founder, CEO & Publisher of Small Business Trends;  Danielle Cohn, Senior Director, Entrepreneurial Engagement, Comcast;  Denice Hasty, Senior Vice President, Product and Marketing, Comcast Business;  Robert Irvine restaurateur, TV star and entrepreneur;  John Jantsch, Marketing Consultant, speaker and best-selling author;  Jon Kaplowitz, Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Comcast;  Bob Maiden, Startup & SMB Consultant;  Brian Meece, CEO, RocketHub;  Kevin O’Toole, Senior Vice President and General Manager, New Business Solutions;  Chuck Sacco, MBA, Assistant Dean, Charles D. Close Close School of Entrepreneurship;  Walker Tompkins, Financial Services Executive;  Bob Victor, Chief Financial Officer, Comcast Business;  Orly Zeewy, Brand Architect.


Contest Timeline 2016

February 1 to March 12 Contest Entry Period
March 14 to April 8 Sponsor Selection of Regional Winners and Alternates
April 25 Regional Winners Announced
April 26 to May 13 Public Voting of Regional Finalists
June 6 Grand Prize Winners Announced
August 18 I4E Grand Prize event in Philadelphia

Meet Our Judges





John Jantsch


Marketing Consultant, Speaker,
Author of Duct Tape Marketing and Duct Tape Selling,
The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine

Called the “World’s Most Practical Small Business Expert,” Jantsch trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world. His blog was chosen as a Forbes favorite for marketing and small business and his podcast, a top ten marketing show on iTunes, was called a “must listen” by Fast Company magazine.


Huffington Post calls him one of the top 100 “Must Follow” on Twitter and Forbes named Duct Tape Marketing one of the 100 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs.


He is the featured marketing contributor to American Express OPENForum and is a popular presenter of workshop and webinars for organizations such as American Express, Intuit, Verizon, HP, and Citrix. His practical take on small business is often cited as a resource in publications such as the Wall St. Journal, New York Times, and CNNMoney.



Anita Campbell


Small Business Trends
Founder, CEO and Publisher

Anita is the Founder of Small Business Trends, and is also its CEO and Publisher. She is CEO of BizSugar.com, a social media site with over one million registered members, and CEO of TweakYourBiz.com, attracting an international audience.


A former corporate attorney and General Counsel, she went on to become the CEO of a technology subsidiary of Bell & Howell. Happily running her own business for the last decade, she has served on numerous Boards, including the Board of NEOSA (the technology network of COSE, Council of Smaller Enterprises); the Center for eBusiness and Information Technology at the University of Akron College of Business; and NorTech.


She has a B.A. degree from Duquesne University and a J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She completed an executive education program at the University of Michigan Business School.


She is the co-author of Visual Marketing (Wiley 2011). She maintains active commentary on small business issues on various media and Web properties.