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.

Two levels of competition

Students compete at 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.


The 45 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.

Social Venture category

This competition debuted in 2013 for students whose concepts pursued innovative solutions to social problems. The four finalists also competed in the graduate and undergraduate competitions. 2013 finalists included a lakeside water pump to prevent invasive species from spreading and an online platform for local small businesses to reach their customers.