That said, here are some of the competitions for businesses this year:
The Pitch 2011 - If you're living anywhere in the United Kingdom, this is the biggest small business competition that side of the planet. Basically, entrepreneurs is given the opportunity to make a sales pitch. Four entrants and a wildcard contestant chosen by the public will vie for the prize package worth £50,000. Entrepreneurs who wish to take part in this competition have until May 9 to enter.
National Association for Moms in Business Grant Competition - The grant for funding the winner of this competition is made possible through crowdfunding. Entries in the competition started March 1st and the competition will run from May 1 - June 15, 2011.Competitors must be members of NAFMIB. All the participants will receive a $2,000 publicity toolkit from PRNewswire as well as features in Moms in Business Magazine, peerbackers.com and momsinbusinessgrant.com. The grad prize winner will receive $10,000 grant package.
IBM SmartCamp - This is an exclusive event for early stage entrepreneurs which is available worldwide. In each location, five finalists will be selected for a one-day event to network with entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts. Applications are still open for the following locations:
- Barcelona, Spain
- New York City, New York
- Tel Aviv, Israel
- Istanbul, Turkey
- London, United Kingdom
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You could also visit Small Business Trends for a line-up of contests available for small businesses. Their lists are updated every two weeks so you're sure to have a fresh batch that's right for you.