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FGCU Side Hustle Challenge!


Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur with the FGCU Side Hustle Challenge: A Three-Week Side-Hustle Challenge powered by KANU!
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Calling All FGCU Students! 🎉

Compete for a Chance to Win $2,900 in Prizes! Register Now! 🚀


Unleash Your Side Hustle Spirit!

Hello FGCU Eagles! 🎉 Ever thought of monetizing your passion? Step into the FGCU Side-Hustle Challenge, a month-long sprint powered by KANU. Build, launch, and elevate your online business game. The competition is fierce and based on sales, storefront traffic, and customer reviews. Benefit from expert insights, connect with fellow innovators, and shape your entrepreneurial journey in just one month! 🚀

KANU: Empowering Every Hustle

Got a unique talent? Whether you're into crafting artisanal goods, providing tutoring sessions, or offering specialized services, KANU's platform is your stage. The best part? Participate in this competition from any corner of the campus. It's time for your side hustle to take the spotlight! 🌟

Please note that food-related businesses are not permitted!

Accept the Challenge, Eagles! 🏆

Calling all FGCU innovators! We're on the hunt for 50-100 ambitious Eagles ready to soar with their entrepreneurial visions. Ready to spread your wings?
It's more than just a challenge—it's an FGCU face-off! So, whether you're from the Lutgert College of Business, Marieb College of Health & Human Services, or any other college, it's time to channel that Eagle pride into a business clash! Who will be the Side Hustle Champion of FGCU? It could be you! 🚀
Eagles, are you ready to fly high? ​


Skyrocket Your Skills

Practical Experience
Get hands-on experience in launching and running a business. It’s an unparalleled way to apply what you learn in the classroom to a real-world setting.

Cash and Recognition

Boost Your Bank Account and Resume
Compete for the chance to win cash prizes that can help fund your venture. Plus, a win under your belt is an excellent resume booster.

Global Exposure

Instant Visibility
With KANU’s powerful platform, your storefront is visible to a global audience from day one. A fantastic way to build your brand while still in school.

Networking Opportunities

Make Valuable Connections
Meet like-minded student entrepreneurs, mentors, and potential customers. These relationships can last a lifetime and prove to be incredibly beneficial down the line.

Flexibility and Convenience

Participate from Anywhere
The online nature of the competition means you can join in wherever you are, making it incredibly convenient and accessible.

Get Expert Guidance

Learn from the Pros
Take advantage of mentorship sessions and insights from experienced entrepreneurs to navigate the ins and outs of starting your own venture.


Prize Pool: Over $2,900 in cash prizes!
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How to Participate

Step 02: Download KANU
Step 03: Launch a storefront to enter!


Here's a breakdown of the key dates for eCommerce Ignite:
Side-hustle challenge starts
[3/18/23 - 4/3/23] - Active venture sprint Phase
Side-hustle challenge ends
Awards announcement
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Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar and stay engaged throughout the competition to make the most of this exciting opportunity!



Who can participate in the Side-Hustle Challenge?

The FGCU Side Hustle Challenge is open to all students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programming at Florida Gulf Coast University. Whether you've got a budding business idea or you're an entrepreneurial enthusiast, this challenge is tailored for you! Please note that food-related businesses are not permitted.

When does the Side-Hustle Challenge start and end?

The challenge kicks off on March 18th and concludes on April 3rd. Save the dates and dive into this entrepreneurial adventure with us!
If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to our support team. We're here to help you every step of the way.

How do I enter the Side-Hustle Challenge?

Joining is a breeze! Just follow these steps:
Provide your FGCU email.
Download the KANU app.
Register and upgrade to the semesterly premium to become part of the challenge.
Tap on the "Join the Classroom" button within the app.

What are the judging criteria?

We'll be evaluating entries based on the following criteria:
Sales: The number of completed transactions on KANU.
Feedback: The number of reviews received on KANU.
Views: The number of page views on your KANU storefront.

Can I compete individually or in a team?

You can participate either as an individual or as part of a team. Forming a team can provide you with diverse skills and perspectives to enhance your venture.

How do I win the cash prizes?

The cash prizes will be awarded to the top three participants or teams with the highest cumulative scores based on the judging criteria.

What other benefits do participants receive?

In addition to the cash prizes, participants will gain valuable experience, exposure, and mentorship opportunities. The competition is a platform to showcase your entrepreneurial skills and connect with like-minded individuals.

How do I stay updated about the Side-Hustle Challenge?

Stay in the loop by tuning into FGCU's social channels and regularly checking your KANU app for fresh updates about the challenge.

What is KANU?

KANU is a cutting-edge platform designed to empower young entrepreneurs and hustlers to bring their ideas to life. By simplifying the business creation and management process, KANU offers an all-in-one solution that includes a storefront builder, advanced analytics, and a competitive landscape for skills enhancement through our side-hustle competitions, colloquially termed KANU Compete. Additionally, our platform features specialized marketplaces that serve as vibrant community hubs for supporting student-run ventures.


"Big thanks to RIHUB and the KANU for helping gain exposure around Rhode Island! KANU was super easy to to use. Setting up my storefront was really easy and I appreciate all the categories for niche information."
RI Startup Week Competition ‘22 Participant


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