Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

Schulze School of Entrepreneurship

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge Develop Your Idea

New in 2013: Awards for Social Ventures

Focused on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of UST students across campuses and colleges, the Fowler challenges students to develop a business concept that has the potential to become a viable, high-growth business. The teams that submit the winning business concept in each of three divisions (undergraduate, graduate and social venture) receive scholarships from the University of St. Thomas.

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is named in recognition of Ron Fowler ’66, chairman and CEO of Liquid Investments Inc., whose generous gift to the university has made this and future competitions possible.

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is held during the fall. It is open exclusively to all UST students registered for the fall semester, including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

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2012 Finalists
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Past Winners

Dates & Deadlines

October 10
Information and S’Mores in Mohahan Plaza (right outside the ASC)

October 17, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.
Fowler Frenzie
Meet one-on-one with entrepreneurship faculty and get helpful hints for improving your business concept.
Anderson Student Center

Deadline: October 28, 5 p.m.
Submit application & request team ID from 

Deadline: October 28, 11:59 p.m.
Submit initial business concept to

November 1, 5 p.m.
Semifinalists announced

Deadline: November 14, 8 p.m.
Semifinalist submissions due

November 15, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Semifinalist presentations/judging

November 15, afternoon
Final judging & announcement of winners

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About the Fowler

Encouraging students to act on their ideas and to develop an attractive business proposal that they can confidently pitch to investors.

The Basics
An individual or team develops a concept for a new business and submits that concept to the challenge. A panel of judges will review the initial submissions and choose semifinalists for the undergraduate, graduate and social venture divisions. Semifinalists will then prepare 20-minute presentations of their concepts to a distinguished panel of judges drawn from the entrepreneurial, business and investment communities. The teams presenting the best business concepts will be awarded scholarships.

Undergraduate and Graduate Division Scholarships
$10,000 scholarship to first place.
$5,000 scholarship to runner-up.
$2,500 scholarship to second runner-up.

Social Ventures Division Scholarships
(note that teams can compete simultaneously in the social ventures division and either the graduate or undergraduate division)

$5,000 scholarship to first place.
$2,500 scholarship to runner-up.
$1,000 scholarship to second runner-up.

All applications must be emailed to by 11:59 p.m., October 28, 2013.

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Connect with the Fowler

Interested in participating? Looking for a partner or team to work with on developing a business concept?

St. Thomas students are invited to use the UST Fowler Facebook Page to find partners and teams and to stay in touch once the competition is underway.

To join the conversation, “Like” the Fowler Facebook Page, follow @USTFowler on Twitter, watch the humorous videos on Vimeo and download the podcasts on iTunes. This is a great way to stay informed about the competition, including key dates and deadlines, updates on entrants and important news.

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