ChapmanU Business Plan Competition Finals

»Chapman U Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to the five 2014 Competition finalists!

  • Dr. Plug
  • Excelerate
  • Jack of Hearts
  • MotorMood
  • Orion Digital

In preparing for their final presentations each finalist team has had the benefit of a TCA mentor coach to assist them. Thank you to our mentor coaches, Anurag Bist, Scott Delong, Barry Lieberman, Michael Sawitz, Marilyn Stemper.  


About the Finalists

Dr.Plug is the premier thought-leader in integrating computers, tablets, and smartphones into the lives of those aged 65 and up. By effectively and efficiently providing the service, equipment, and training needs for seniors to access today's technology, they will become safer, connected, and empowered.

Excelerate is a team comprised of undergraduate students from Chapman, UC Berkeley and UC Davis that provides College Test Prep software to test centers.

Born and made in Italy, Jack of Hearts designs modern golf apparel for players around the world. Jack of Hearts focuses on fine quality, athletic fit, and innovative design.

The road can often feel like a hostile place full of traffic jams, road rage, and miscommunication. We're here to change that; MotorMood is an accessory for your car which lets you share good will with other drivers using a light-up happy face in your rear window.

Orion Digital was established to empower marketing departments to prove their revenue contribution to the otherwise dismissive C-Suite. Our Digital Experience dashboard accomplishes this by mapping the revenue value and quantity of customer's interactions throughout their purchase decision journey.


The Ralph W. Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Ethics is conducting a Business Plan Competition to highlight Chapman University students’ best and most feasible ideas for new businesses. The objectives will be to:

  • Provide assistance to new, fast-growth commercial and social enterprise ideas
  • Provide a vehicle for matching new businesses with potential investors
  • Gain support and recognition from the Orange County business community for students’ entrepreneurial activities
  • Identify and assist skilled students who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs

Because the Leatherby Center is committed to the educational aspects of the program, even those individuals who do not qualify as a finalist for award prizes will be winners. Experts will provide feedback to all participants. Finalists will be provided mentoring by Tech Coast Angel members. **Finalists may receive a Tech Coast Angels Seed Financing Invitation to be potentially funded up to $1,000,000 in seed financing. Tech Coast Angels is the largest seed financing organization in the United States.

+-Steps

Contest participants will be evaluated based on the quality and feasibility of their idea in a short (5-page maximum) Business Idea Concept Paper. The five submissions judged as best will move on in the contest as Finalists. Similar to the “real world” pursuit of capital, there will be an opportunity for Finalists to submit a written Business Plan. Finalists will have a formal oral presentation of their plan with a panel of judges and investors.

+-Competition Rules

  • Entry should consist of a majority of Chapman University students enrolled in the Spring 2014 semester.
  • Submissions may be from an individual or a group of up to five members. All work must be the original work of students entering the contest. Each student may only submit one entry and may not be listed on any other team.
  • Students may be at the graduate or undergraduate level with any major. Nonbusiness majors are encouraged to enter the contest.
  • Entry consists of an entry form (available starting November 6) and a Business Idea Concept Paper.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final.
  • Deadline for contest entry is at March 3, 2014. Email submissions in PDF format only to weadams@chapman.edu
  • ***Any required changes in these rules and dates below will be posted on the website and sent by e-mail to contest entrants.

+-Deadlines

  • Students submit the Business Idea Concept Paper by Monday, March 3, 2014.
  • Five Finalists are selected and informed on Monday, March 10, 2014.
  • Finalists submit required business plans by Friday, April 4, 2014.
  • Presentations to judges and investors Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Beckman Hall 404. Presentations/followed by judging.
  • Announcement of awards and winners immediately following judging.

+-Prize Awards

[additional sponsors are still being sought and amounts may increase]

1st Prize: $5,000
2nd Prize: $2,500
Remaining Finalists: $1,000

*Prize money is taxable income and may affect need-based financial awards. **Finalists may receive a Tech Coast Angels Seed Financing Invitation to be potentially funded up to $1,000,000 in seed financing. Tech Coast Angels is the largest seed financing organization in the United States.

+-Video Clips


2012 Finalists Video Pitches

2011 Finalists Video Pitches

2010 Finalists Video Pitches

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