Jan. 31 is the deadline for entrepreneurs to apply for a chance to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges in St. Bernard Parish during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in March.

The Startup St. Bernard competition is being sponsored by the Meraux Foundation and offers a prize package worth $110,000 designed to help propel their business to the next level.

The Startup St. Bernard challenge is open to any business that will locate its base of operations to St. Bernard Parish for at least one year, help improve St. Bernard Parish and become part of the St. Bernard Parish entrepreneur ecosystem.

The prize package includes office space, legal services, marketing, accounting, $42,500 in cash and virtually everything else a business needs to help it get off the ground.

Businesses interested in competing must complete the entry form and submit a business plan at www.startupstbernard.com by Jan. 31. A panel of experienced judges will review the submissions and score the entries. The five highest-scoring businesses will be selected to make their pitch to the judges at the Startup St. Bernard entrepreneur challenge. The live public event will take place March 23 at the Meraux Foundation’s Docville Farm at the Arlene Meraux River Observation Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend and support the entrepreneurs. To register for the event, visit NOEW.org.