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Solpro Named a Finalist for Shopify’s 5th Annual Build a Business Competition

Menlo Park, July 9, 2015 – Solpro, a leading provider of solar charging products for portable electronic devices, today announced that the company has been named a finalist for Shopify’s 5th Annual Build a Business Competition. The competition is one of the world’s biggest entrepreneurial contests encouraging anyone with a great business idea to start selling.

Solpro entered the competition with its flagship product Helios Smart, the industry’s fastest portable solar charger, delivering a sleek, compact and environmentally-friendly option for mainstream consumers. Helios Smart charges more than four times faster than other solar chargers and provides enough energy to fully charge a standard smartphone in just 90 minutes of sunlight.

Past winners of Shopify’s Build A Business competition including: DODOcase, GoldieBlox, Coffee Joulies, Bolder Band, among many others, have gone on to create multi-million dollar companies.

“We are delighted to be part of this prestigious contest that recognizes entrepreneurs for their determination in bringing their business innovation to reality,” said Bill Pike, CEO of Solpro. “It’s an exciting time for our company and we are thrilled to have a chance to learn from some of the biggest names in business.”

To participate, entrepreneurs must open a store and start selling products using Shopify. At the end of the competition, the top five stores that sell the most over a two-month period will be flying on a private jet to Richard Branson’s Necker Island for a five-day adventure full of mentorship, exploration, and professional growth.

This year’s mentors include names that every entrepreneur will recognize:
Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Group)
Daymond John (FUBU, Shark Tank)
Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Workweek)
Marie Forleo (MarieTV)
Seth Godin (Best-selling author)

Solpro’s Helios Smart is available for purchase in its Shopify store at

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About Solpro:
Solpro, based in Menlo Park, Calif., is emerging as a leading provider of solar charging solutions for portable electronic devices including smartphones, tablets, music players, handheld game consoles, or any personal electrical gadget that charges with a USB cable. Founded in 2014, as part of the Sunbird Group of companies, Solpro products harness the power of the sun to give customers freedom to do more and get more done. For more information visit:

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