Shore Hatchery Entrepreneurship Competition

Send in your application to this business plan competition for the chance to win up to $50,000 USD! If you live in the Mid-Atlantic region in the USA and have an innovative idea that would support the economy of the area, this might be just the thing to help you grow your business.

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Award Amount

  • Funding requests for up to $50,000 USD accepted in your application


  • Salisbury, Maryland, USA

Additional Benefits

  • 2 years of personalized mentoring from an experienced businessperson

Who Can Apply

  • Graduates of 2- or 4-year colleges preferred, but others considered
    • Who reside in the Mid-Atlantic region
      • Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia
      • Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and other regions considered
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative concepts and 5 employees or less
  • Support economic development and increase employment in the Mid-Atlantic region

Selection Criteria

  • Plan concept, clarity, and comprehensiveness
  • Feasibility and potential value of opportunity
  • Potential of positively impacting regional employment within 3 years
  • Quality of your 1-minute pitch, which should cover:
    • The product or service
    • The market
    • How the product or service will make money
    • Your leadership team
    • Your competition and competitive advantage
  • Quality of your business plan, which should include:
    • Executive summary
    • Detailed product idea/concept description
    • Market, industry, and competitive analysis
    • Anticipated employment effects (direct and indirect)
    • Timeline of development/implementation (including historical)
    • Three-year quarterly pro-forma financial statements
      • Balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows
    • Participant resume(s) including relevant experience
    • Participant’s investment in the business (funding and effort)

Application Process

  • Submit an online application consisting of:
    • Profile of your team, and business name if registered
    • Completed business plan template
    • Supplemental uploads (financials, diagrams, etc.)
    • PDF of the full business plan (up to 20 pages total)
      • 10-page business plan and 10 pages of supplementals
  • Selected applicants make a 7-minute pitch to the Shore Hatchery board
    • 1-minute pitch and 6-minute question-and-answer session
  • Winners of round one make a 25-minute business plan presentation
    • 10 minutes on your business plan, 15-minute question-and-answer session


  • The maximum amount that can be won over time is $50,000 USD
  • Present semiannual progress reports to the Shore Hatchery Board for 2 years

Post-Program Perks

  • Compete multiple times until you max out your winnings (see conditions above)