ChapmanU Business Plan Competition Finals

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About the 2015 Competition

The deadline for applications for the 2015 Keith A. Pham Business Model Competition is October 23rd.  We will have two competitions this year.  The undergrad competition must include a Chapman undergraduate student; the All-Chapman competition must include a Chapman graduate student or recent alumni.  All applicants must complete and submit a business model canvas, a six-slide pitch deck, and a one page executive summary.  Ten semi-finalists will be selected from among all initial applicants for each competition.  These semi-finalists will complete a short business plan with the help of expert mentors from the Leatherby entrepreneur community.  We will then select five finalists from each group to present to a panel of investors on December 4th, where we will award cash prizes and the opportunity to pitch to investor groups. Details on the competition are provided here.

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.


Contest participants will be evaluated initially based on the quality and feasibility of their business model.  That model will be described in a business model canvas, a six-page slide deck, and a one page executive summary.  Semi-finalist teams from each group will submit a short business plan. The five submissions judged as best from each group will move on in the contest as Finalists. Finalists will have a formal oral presentation of their plan with a panel of judges and investors.

+-Competition Rules

  • Undergrad teams must include at least one Chapman University student enrolled in the Fall 2015 semester. All-Chapman teams must have a graduate student or recent alumni (last 10 years).
  • 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 application, with all associated files.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final.
  • Deadline for contest entry is at October 23rd, 2015.
  • ***Any required changes in these rules and dates below will be posted on the website and sent by e-mail to contest entrants.


  • Students submit the application by Friday, October 23rd, 2015.
  • Ten semi-finalists are selected and informed on Friday, October 30th, 2015.
  • Semi-finalists applications due by Friday November 13th, 2015.
  • Five finalists are selected by Friday November 20th, 2015
  • Presentations to judges and investors Friday December 6th, 2015.
  • Announcement of awards and winners immediately following judging.

+-Prize Awards

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

1st Prize: $3,000
Some finalists may be invited to present to various Southern California Angel investment groups.

*Prize money is taxable income and may affect need-based financial awards. 

+-Video Clips

2012 Finalists Video Pitches

2011 Finalists Video Pitches

2010 Finalists Video Pitches

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