• California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition

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»California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition


California Dreaming 2015

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.

A Total Value of $300,000 (in cash and potential equity investment) may be distributed among participants with three chances to win: “Investor Presentation”, 90-Second “Fast Pitch”, and “Business Narrative Competition”. 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.

+-Participating Schools

Brigham Young University

California Lutheran

California State Fullerton

Chapman University

Loyola Marymount University

Pepperdine University

Texas Christian University

United States Air Force Academy

University of Arizona

University of California Irvine

University of California Los Angeles

University of Chicago

University of Houston

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

University of Oklahoma

University of Southern California

University of Texas  Dallas

University of Utah

Carnegie Mellon University

Cornell University

Johns Hopkins University

Syracuse University

University of California Berkeley

University of California San Diego

University of California Santa Barbara

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Brigham Young University

California Lutheran

California State Fullerton

Chapman University

Loyola Marymount University

Pepperdine University

Texas Christian University

United States Air Force Academy

+-2015 Judges

Don Kasle
Joe Lozowski
Bart Greenberg
Pat Ryan
Deb Ferber
Doug Pennington
Michele Jewett
Moe Abdou
Peter  Loewy
Chris Johnston
Lisa Harris
Aman Singha
Evan Jaffa
Prakash Grama
Kim Kovacs
Jessica Frandson
Maura Hunter Byrne
Tal Eldridge
Joseph Sanberg 
Kirsten Mangers
Barry Lieberman
Gregory Milken
Chris Klomp
Andy Horowitz
Jim Wilson
Dave Berkus
Steve Block
Ken Hubbard
Maxwell Long
Simon James
Shirish Nadkarni
Peter Ewens
Scott Meden
Julie May
Betsy Densmore
David McNeil
Jim Pickell
Dan Lubeck
Jamie Montgomery
Kevin O'Connor
Leo Spiegel
Amir Banafatemi
Debra Guerin Beresini
Daniel Riscalla
John Harbison
Michael Sawitz
Mark Leposky
Sean Vanderdasson
Vincent Mikolay
Scott Lien
Scott Sonnemaker
Lance Ware

+-2016 Event Dates

The next California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition will be held on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2016.

+-Find Us On Social Media

Find us on Twitter: @ChapmanLaunch

Follow the competition: #cadreamin

  • Include #cadreamin in all of your tweets about the competition 
  • Search #cadreamin in Twitter to follow the conversation and see what others are tweeting
  • Ask questions and respond to others using #cadreamin 
  • Have fun and enjoy!

+-Press

Media Contact

Sheri Ledbetter
Public Relations Specialist, Chapman University
(714) 289-3143

+-Questions?

Please contact Gene Alexander at alexande@chapman.edu or 714-516-5534. 
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Microsemi
Title sponsor Microsemi

VIP Reception & Team Accomodations sponsor Ghost

Fast Pitch Sponsor Tarsadia Foundation

Case Competition Track Sponsor Kay Family Foundation

Judges Hospitality Room Sponsor Vizio

Kick-off Lunch Sponsor Citrix