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.
Two tracks for competition
Undergraduate and graduate students can compete in two different tracks:
- Business Concept Track for students focused on more traditional commercial ventures. These can be business-to-consumer, business-to-business, technology-based ventures, and are typically for-profit models.
- Social Venture Track for students whose ventures are primarily focused on solving significant social problems – such as, poverty alleviation, social injustice, environmental sustainability – using entrepreneurial methods in order to craft innovation solutions that are effective and scalable. These can be non-profit, for-profit or a mixture of both (hybrid models).
Scholarships are awarded to the top four finishers and best presenter in each track. Past winners have included a product to keep iced coffee from diluting and a premade food service for families whose children suffer from food allergies.
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.
What is the Fowler Business Concept Challenge?
An annual event organized by the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship that focuses on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of St. Thomas students. The competition 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…and win up to $10,000 in scholarships.
Who can participate?
This contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
When is the event?
The 2018 Fowler Business Concept Challenge will take place on November 16.
Submissions are due at midnight on Monday, October 22.
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 social channels to find partners and teams and to stay in touch once the competition is underway. 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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