The Fowler Business Concept Challenge

Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of St. Thomas students from across campus, the Fowler Business Concept Challenge encourages students to explore their potential, search out new opportunities and use the skills and knowledge they have acquired to make a difference in the world.

The Fowler encourages students to act on their ideas and develop business proposals that have potential to become viable, high-growth companies.

Three levels of competition

Students compete in the undergraduate and graduate levels. Scholarships are awarded to the top four finishers and best presenter at each level. 2013 winners included a product to keep iced coffee from diluting and a premade food service for families whose children suffer from food allergies.

Judges

Competition judges include locally and nationally recognized innovators, investors and entrepreneurs. More than half are CEOs, presidents, owners or founders of their companies. Long-term mentorships are formed between many participants and judges.