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California Dreaming 2016

The California Dreamin’ Competition strives to simulate the real-world process of starting a business and seeking start-up funding, while also providing constructive feedback to all competing teams to better help them achieve their goals.

The contest is by invitation only;  the invitation to compete is extended to participating schools, and the schools decide which team to send to the competition by whatever means they choose, be it an internal business plan competition, in-school incubator selection, student entrepreneur group choice, or other approach.

Schools that make it to the 2nd round of the Investor Presentation are excluded from the Business Narrative Competition. The five finalists of the Investor Presentation are excluded from participating in the Fast Pitch. This means 15 schools can walk away with cash.

+ - 2015 Competition Results

Full Pitch Competition
$105,000 Cash and $105,000 Equity Eligibility

First Place:
University of California San Diego - $45,000 ($25,000 cash & $20,000 equity eligibility)

Second Place:
Chapman University - $23,000 ($14,000 cash & $9,000 equity eligibility)

Finalists:
University of California, Irvine - $14,000 ($7,000 cash & $7,000 equity eligibility)
Loyola Marymount University - $14,000 ($7,000 cash & $7,000 equity eligibility)
Carnegie Mellon University - $14,000 ($7,000 cash & $7,000 equity eligibility)

Fast Pitch Competition
$25,000 of Cash Awards

First Place:
University of Hawaii at Manoa - $10,000

Second Place:
Cornell University - $ 6,000
 
Finalists:
Brigham Young University - $ 3,000
Johns Hopkins University - $ 3,000
University of Texas at Dallas - $ 3,000

Case Competition
$15,000 of Cash Awards

First Place:
University States Air Force Academy- $5,000

Second Place:
Brigham Young University - $4,000

Finalists:
University of California, Los Angeles - $2,000
Texas Christian University - $2,000
Johns Hopkins University - $2,000

For a full description of these business ideas and products, visit our results page.

+ - Rules and Requirements for Competing Teams

+ - Application Materials and Deadlines

California Dreamin’ is by invitation only. In January of each year, the invitation to compete is extended to participating schools, and the schools decide which team to send to the competition by whatever means they choose, be it an internal business plan competition, in-school incubator selection, student entrepreneur group choice, or other approach. In March, the invited schools will receive a link to file their online application.

If you are a student team from a University that will be attending California Dreamin’, please reach out to your school’s entrepreneurship center for details on your school’s selection process.

If you are a student team or a University representative, and are interested in receiving an invitation but have not received one, please email Alex Jewett atajewett@chapman.edu. While space is limited, we will carefully consider all participation requests.

If you are from a University that has already received an invite, please see the California Dreamin' application details.

+ - Prizes

In 2015, top place winners raised nearly $1 million in cash and equity investments. These winning teams were also interviewed for entrepreneurship-related television shows. This year, we are planning to increase prize offerings across several dimensions including public relations and television appearances, partner fund investment opportunities, and Angel Group investment opportunities.

+ - Competition Tracks

The goals of the Competition are threefold: To win the prize money, become eligible for equity investment, and to have the opportunity to get Angels, Venture Capitalists, and other investors interested in your business.

There are no limits as to how many students from the team can present. Business casual or full business attire is acceptable. Please see the three Competition Tracks.

+ - Competition Schedule

Below is a tentative schedule for Day One and Day Two of the 2016 California Dreamin’ Competition.

Tentative Day One Schedule: Friday April 22nd, 2016

10 a.m. Board bus from hotel to campus

11:45 a.m. Welcome Lunch

1 p.m. Round 1- Investor Presentation Competition

4 p.m. Investor Speed Dating

5:30 p.m. Travel back to hotel

6:30 p.m. Travel from hotel to reception

7:00 p.m. Reception: All Participants and Mentors

Tentative Day Two Schedule: Saturday April 23rd, 2016

8:30 a.m. Board bus from hotel to campus

9 a.m. Coffee

9:40 a.m. Track 1: Round 2, Investor Presentation Competition

9:40 a.m. Track 2: Business Narrative Competition

12:40 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Judges’ Top 5 Decisions Announced

1:40 p.m. Final Round of Investor Presentation Competition

1:40 p.m. Fast Pitch Competition

5 p.m. Awards Reception

+ - Accommodations

As we did last year, we will provide two hotels rooms per night for three nights from Thursday April 21st through Saturday April 23rd for out of state teams. Northern California schools will receive two hotel rooms per night for two nights from Friday April 22 through Saturday April 23. In addition, if an out of state school or northern California school sends a faculty member, we will also offer that faculty member a free hotel room.

Last year, teams were hosted at the Ayres Hotel in Orange. This year, we will offer comparable accommodations. Details will be posted here and and sent out via email shortly.

Each University is responsible for transportation and airfare for their team and faculty to and from Orange County. Chapman will provide transportation between the Competition and the Hotel.

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