Tulane Business Model Competition
Hosted by the Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business, this student startup competition is open to teams that include at least one degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student from any college or university. The Tulane Business Model Competition seeks early-stage ventures that can demonstrate how they are adapting to their customers’ needs. The contest rewards those that are creating commercially viable ventures through breaking down an idea into a key business model hypothesis, have tested their assumptions with customers and have applied Customer Development/Lean Startup principles to refine the model for improved success. Applications for the 2021 competition will open in Fall 2020.
“This is our premier annual event to identify, promote and support new companies. Every year I’m amazed at the talented student entrepreneurs who travel to New Orleans to present their ventures, and I look forward to meeting this year’s applicants.” Rob Lalka, executive director of the Lepage Center.
Following the initial application, judges will select six ventures to compete in the competition’s semi-final round. Judges will then choose three finalists to pitch their business models in a live competition to determine the first, second and third place prize winners who will share a cash prize of $125,000.
Both the semi-final and final rounds take place during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. In addition to pitching, participating ventures will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with investors and mentors, attend valuable content sessions, and network with local and national thought leaders in entrepreneurship and innovation.