How to Enter

Please download the 2017 Calling All Dreamers Application Packet prior to applying.


Who is eligible to enter the competition?

We’re looking for innovative and unique retail business concepts that compliment and strengthen downtown Sacramento’s retail mix. First-time entrepreneurs and experienced business owners are welcome to submit retail business concepts.

To be eligible for the Calling All Dreamers competition you must be a legal US resident, 18 years of age or older at the time of submittal of competition application. The competition is open to new startup businesses, existing business outside the City of Sacramento or existing businesses in the City of Sacramento hoping to expand and/or open a new concept.

Can I apply if I already have a business?

The competition is open to anyone looking to open a retail business in Downtown Sacramento. We welcome retail business concepts from entrepreneurs hoping to launch their first brick-and-mortar venture as well as experienced business owners looking to expand.

What is needed for the application?

  1. Business model concept
  2. 60 second video pitch
  3. Résumés of all business partners
  4. Any other digital assets you may have (Ex: logos, headshots)
  5. $50 Registration fee

What are the key dates for the competition?

Mar 6 Competition Opens
Apr 10 Applications Due by 5:00 p.m.
Apr 20 Semi-Finalists Announced
Apr 27 Orientation for Semi-Finalists
May 12 Revised Business Plans Due
May 18 Finalists Announced / Public Vote Begins
June 8 SCORE Sounding Board
June 26 Public Vote Ends
June 27 Finalist Pitch
July Winner Announced