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Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur with Collegiate eCommerce Ignite: A One-Week Venture Sprint from RIHUB powered by KANU!
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Calling All Rhode Island College Students! 🎉

Compete for a Chance to Win $1,000 in Prizes! Register Now! 🚀


Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Spirit!

Hey RI College Students! 🎉 Got big ideas? Dive into Collegiete eCommerce Ignite, a one-week venture sprint where you'll build, launch, and grow your online business with KANU. Compete based on number of sales, quality of feedback, and storefront views. Learn from pros, network with peers, and ignite your entrepreneurial future in just one week! 🚀

A Platform for All Types of Ventures

Unleash your creativity! From selling unique crafts to tutoring or offering niche services, KANU storefronts have got you covered. And guess what? You can join this online competition from anywhere. Dive in and shine! 🌟

Rise to the Challenge! 🏆

Hey there, competitive spirits! We're scouting for 50-100 go-getters to unleash their entrepreneurial skills. Are you game?
It's an all-out Rhode Island college showdown—so whether you're from Brown, RIC, URI, or anywhere in between, let's turn that friendly rivalry into a business face-off! Who will claim the entrepreneurial throne? Will it be you? Let's find out! 🚀
Bring it on, Rhode Island! ​


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 $1,000 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:
Venture sprint starts
Kickoff call with KANU founders and Q&A
[9/29/23 - 10/6/23] - Active venture sprint Phase
Sales push begins
Pitch workshop with expert panel
Venture sprint ends, sales and feedback closed
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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 venture sprint?

Collegiate eCommerce Ignite is open to all students, faculty, and staff at an accredited college or University in Rhode Island. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or have a brilliant idea, this competition is for you!

When does the venture sprint start and end?

Collegiate eCommerce Ignite starts on September 29th and runs through October 6th. Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar and join us for this exciting journey!
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 venture sprint?

Entering the hackathon is easy! Just follow these steps:
Submit your university email.
Download the KANU app.
Register and upgrade to the semesterly premium to join the class.
Click the "Join the Class" button in 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 venture sprint?

Stay connected by following RIHub's social media channels and checking your KANU app for updates and announcements related to the competition.

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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