Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition

The Jump-Start Award

Jump-Start Downtown" is a business competition for entrepreneurs interested in opening a business in Downtown Eau Claire


“Jump-Start Downtown” is a business competition for people 18 years of age or older who are interested in starting a business or relocating one to the downtown area (designated by the yellow line) during the timeframe of September 2020-2022. Any type of business is eligible, from high-tech offices to gift shops. 


The deadline for submitting your application and business plan is Monday, October 11, 2021.


View the fillable application and scoring matrix. Submit application and business plan to downtown@eauclairewi.gov.


Grand Prize: $5,000 in start-up capital (sponsored by Royal Credit Union), 6-month DECI membership, and a 3-month flex membership with CoLab ($330 value).

Honorable Mention: $2,500 in start-up capital, 6-month DECI membership, and a 3-month flex membership with CoLab ($330 value).

Innovative Idea Prize: $1,000 in start-up capital and 6-month DECI membership



Grand Prize Sponsor


Gold Sponsors 

WESTconsin Credit Union Logo

Silver Sponsors




Contributing Sponsors

 Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.

Lunch Sponsor