Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Business Plan Competitions

Business Plan competitions allow students to gain experience in not only as competitors for a prize, but also in working together as a team, public speaking, strategy, planning ahead and making contacts.  

In addition, the CIE provides information, coaching and advice to students enrolled in the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program on both regional competitions and national competitions and also works with the SCEO on other student-run competitions and team prep.

 

 

2013-2014 Competitions


 

SCEO  110 Logo 2010 11 Pitch to a VC Competition

Thursday, May 15, 7:30-9pm
Kenna 216

$1,000 in Prize Money and Refreshments sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The SCEO invites you go register to compete in the first time offered Pitch to a VC Competition on Thursday, May 15.  Rather than the usual Be a VC competition style format, this year, the SCEO invites you to a streamlined process whereby teams compete as the entrepreneur with the focus on the funding/financials.  The primary judging criteria will be how well the team makes their case for funding and how strong the financials are.  Student teams will have 10 minutes to present, with a 5-minute Q&A portion from the judging panel.   Prizes will be awarded as follows:
$500 First Place
$300 Second Place
$200 Third Place
$500 Second Place
$250 Third Place
BONUS Prizes:  Engineering/Senior Design Project Prizes
$1,000 Grand Prize
$500 Second Place
$250 Third Place

Register online before 5 pm on May 14.
  • All teams must include current students with at least one undergraduate student member of the team-graduate students are welcome!
Spectators are WELCOME!  Stop by for some free food and beverages and watch the excitement! 

Competition Results:

Congratulations to all competitors, and special thanks to our judges Jason Proznitz, Scott Kim, Raj Kandlikar, and Tejpal Chadha.  Competition results are as follows:
  • $500 First Place-EventClicker:  Pratik Shah, Ross Fledderjohn, Manpreet Kaur
  • $300 Second Place-HealthBites: Shilpa Mathew, David Tsuzaki
  • $200 Third Place- Smart Water Heater: Russell Williams, Rachel Donohoe

pitch2vc1p









 

SCEO  110 Logo 2010 11Business Plan Competition-Open to Graduate and Undergraduate SCU Students!

Thursday, January 30, 6 pm
Kennedy Commons

$3,500 in Prize Money and Refreshments sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The annual SCEO Business Plan Competition is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 6-9 pm, in Kennedy Commons.  Share your game-changing business plan and prepare a team presentation (team comprised of 2-5 people).     Prizes will be awarded as follows:
$1,000 Grand Prize
$500 Second Place
$250 Third Place
BONUS Prizes:  Engineering/Senior Design Project Prizes
$1,000 Grand Prize
$500 Second Place
$250 Third Place

That's right, TWO sets of prizes!  Presentations may be up to 10 minutes, with a 5 minute Q&A.  Judges will be scoring based on the following criteria:
  • Is the business fundable?
  • Quality of the product(s), service(s), and/or solution(s)
  • Market opportunities and competition
  • Team qualifications
  • Overall attractiveness of the venture
In addition, please note:
  • Register online(link is to a Wufoo form) before midnight Monday, January 27
  • All teams must include current students-alumni are welcome; however, each team must have a current student in good standing.
  • Proposed business should be fundable
  • Proposed business plan should not be in violation of any IP rights
  • Teams or team members who have received any form of VC financing are not eligible
  • The registration form includes an upload of your executive summary, 5 page (or more)plan, and team resumes
Don't wait,register your team of 2-5 peoplebefore midnight on Monday, January 27!  We see a lot of student business plans here in the CIE, so we know that there are so many of you are ready to compete-Good Luck!  

Spectators are WELCOME!  Stop by for some free food and beverages and watch the excitement! 

Competition Results:

rsz_sceobp1

 

Congratulations to all competitors, and special thanks to our judges Shashank Saggar, Bill Buxton, and Gideon Shaanan.  Competition results are as follows:
  • $1,000 Grand Prize-Spare: Will Tylko and Shyam Mervana
    Spare is a portable flash storage that connects you to iPhone via bluetooth
  • $500 Second Place-HealthBites: Shilpa Mathew, Stephanus Widjaja, David Tsuzaki
    HealthBites is a dietary/food discovery app that uses your preferred dietary options to come up with the best choices for shops and restaurants.
  • $250 Third Place- Pindow: Daljeet Virdi, Yashesh Doshi
    Pindow is a web app that leverages data science breakthroughs to curate products to an Instagram-looking newsfeed.
  • BONUS Prizes:  Engineering/Senior Design Project Prizes
    $1,000 Grand Prize
    -
    Methane to Methanol:  Pankti Doshi, Jessica Garcia
    Methane to Methanol involves a low energy, high-volume process to convert methane to methanol, which can reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
  • $500 Second Place- Interactive LED: Jenpop Allport, Omar Rodriguez
    Interactive LED has designed a large-format LED display using printed circuit board technology for a commercial market, providing a self-service application for vision testing 
  • $250 Third Place-Waterproof Pocket:  Connor Schwab, James Anderson, Joseph Arico, Michael Grinnel, Declan Malley
    Waterproof Pocket is a fully waterproof and airtight pocket that can be retrofitted into any pair of swim trunks. 



rsz_sceopb3


sceobp1




 

SDSU LogoSDSU LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition Open to Students from California Universities-Registration Deadline Extended to January 15

San Diego State University invites students to enter a team for their inaugural LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition, open to students from top California and Baja California Universities.  This competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Management Center at SDSU, is designed to assista nd reward student-based startups and provide them with an opportunity to pitch to potential investors and compete for over $25,000 in awards.  A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, and C-level executives will judge the pitch and critical elements of the startups LeanModel™

Event: March 6 & 7, 2014
Location:  San Diego State University campus
Team Information:  Enrolled students at a four-year California (including Baja California) universities, freshman to PhD and a team cannot exceed five members. Full Eligibility Rules Here

The LeanModel™ Competition lies within this framework:

  • Value proposition from customers' point of view
  • Exact customer definition by target segment
  • Product/service definition and composition
  • Identification of business process
    • Inside the company
    • Outside the company (i.e. key partners, etc.)
  • Competitive marketplace landscape
  • "Revenue fast" principle to fund operations of a lean startup
  • Management Mentality: evolve, pivot, evolve, pivot, evolve

Unlike most other business competitions that revolve around the creation of a hypothetical business plan, LeanModel is focused on the creation of a startup company, the path to a quick prototype and the critical strategy and learnings of the framework listed above which reveals the ways in which the student startup has actually utilized customer feedback in order to evolve and pivot their company's strategy.

Further rules and deadline information will be availabile within the next 30 days-why not start thinking about your plan of action today.


 

nike

Nike+ Digital Sports Concept Challenge

Team Entry Deadline:  Friday, November 22 by 5 pm

Nike+ Digital Sports Product Concept Challenge:  You're invited to team up with SCU Engineering students to form a team for a chance at $1,000, $2,000 or more!  Your challenge-if you choose to accept it-will be to find a way to exploit Nike+ Sport Sensor Technology in a new athletic-related product/service.  
  • $2,000 Prototype Competition: The competition involves a hardware/software prototyping activity in which students will develop functional prototypes of their concept for an athletic-related product/service that exploits Nike+ Sport sensors.Deadline to enter a team in the Prototype Competition is Friday, Nov 22nd by 5pm. Top teams may be entered into a multi-university version of this competition with the chance to win even more money!

Non-Engineering Students:  If you're interested in the Prototype Competition and don't have an Engineering contact to team up with, please email me at ljenkins@scu.edu and I'll check in and see if there's a team seeking another member!  Good luck!



 

SCEO  110 Logo 2010 11Elevator Pitch Competition-Matthew Lightner Award
Thursday, October 24, 7 pm
O'Connor 104

Sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and featuring the Matthew Lightner Award.

Have an innovative idea?  A new product or business?  We want to hear it but only 60 seconds of it.  No slides, no visuals, just 60 seconds of pitching your innovative feasible idea.  Impress us and $250 can be yours. 

Register to participate by 5 pm October 23! (spectators do not need to register-just show up)

The only rules:
- You have 60 seconds max
- No slides
- No visuals

Refreshments provided by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Spectators are always welcome and encouraged!
 

SCEO-110-Logo-2010-11_1 Elevator Pitch Competition-Matthew Lightner Award

Competition Results-October, 24, 2013

This year's SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition, sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was one of the most exciting yet.  With 10 competitors, 3 judges and a countless amount of sandwiches, this year's competition was one to remember.  The winner of the Matthew Lightner $250 award, Emily Albi ('14),  pitched a very convincing, detailed and concise module of a 3d printer that uses melted plastic from water bottles and extrudes them as filament for the 3D printer.

IMG_4425









Emily (pictured right) is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering.The idea is part of her Senior Design Project and has beeIMG_4431n an on-going project for quite some time.

The other ideas ranged anywhere from inexpensive wireless headphones to invincible phone cases.  A special thank you to the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Santa Clara Entrepreneurs Organization for a successful and unforgettable Elevator Pitch Competition.

 

A special thank you to our judges this year, including former SCEO President and SCU Alumni, Anthony Prieto. 

Mark your calendars for the SCEO Business Plan Competition scheduled for January 30th, 2014.  Information on registration will be available soon.

  IMG_4428

 

 





 
Printer-friendly format
 
Have a Competition to Share?

If you would like to ivite Santa Clara University students to participate in your elevator pitch or business plan competition, please send pertinent event details to the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at
 cie@scu.edu Go