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 February 27th.  Applicants must include a Chapman undergraduate or graduate student and 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.  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 to present to a panel of investors on April 6th, where we will award $5,000 to the winner, $2,500 to second place team, and $1,000 to the remaining finalists. 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.

+-Steps

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 will submit a short business plan. The five submissions judged as best 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

  • Teams must include at least one Chapman University student, undergraduate or graduate, enrolled in the Spring 2015 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 application, with all associated files.
  • Judges’ decisions will be final.
  • Deadline for contest entry is at February 27, 2015.
  • ***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 application by Friday, February 27th, 2015.
  • Ten semi-finalists are selected and informed on Monday, March 9, 2015.
  • Semi-finalists applications due by Monday, March 23, 2015.
  • Five finalists are selected by Friday, Mar 27, 2015
  • Presentations to judges and investors Monday, April 6, 2015 in Becket 101, the Launch Labs building at 303 W. Palm.
  • 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


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