Are you a woman looking to take your business or idea to infinity and beyond? The St. Louis Business Journal is once again teaming with MasterCard to help one woman propel her idea, her company or her community to a new frontier through its Catapult Competition by MasterCard. This year, we’re expanding the program to five finalists, and opening the competition to include college students aged 18-22. Submit a 60-second video telling us your idea to catapult to success and get ready for liftoff!

All entries must be received by 5:00pm, October 14.

Here's the flight plan: A local panel will be assembled to review the videos and select five finalists to present at the St. Louis Business Journal Women's Conference January 27, 2017. Each finalist will receive three months of professional coaching to prepare her business plan and refine her presentation. You may follow all five finalists and their respective coaches online and in print until the day of the Conference. Each finalist and her coach will pitch to more than 1,000 women at the Conference whose vote, along with the judging panel, will decide the 2017 Catapult Competition by MasterCard winner. The winner will receive a $10,000 package of technology services from MasterCard to catapult her to success! For questions, please contact LaTonja Thomas at ltthomas@bizjournals.com or 314.421.8328.

To view a Catapult highlight reel from our 2016 event, click