The Challenge is a $20,000 cash prize business plan competition to identify, encourage, and reward excellence in entrepreneurship in the St. Louis Metro East region. For the 6th year, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and SIUE School of Business are the competition's cornerstone sponsors. 2019's Networking Event Sponsor is Scott Credit Union who is hosting this year's Mentor-Semifinalist Networking Event. The City of Collinsville is recognized as the Competition's Angel Investor Level Sponsor. The SIUE School of Business and Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are facilitating the competition.