Tulane Business Model Competition

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020 TULANE BUSINESS MODEL COMPETITION ARE NOW OPEN! 

College entrepreneurs with promising startup ventures are invited to enter the 20th annual Tulane Business Model Competition for a chance to win their share of a $125,000 cash prize.

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. To enter, teams must submit their application and all supporting documents by the 11:59pm CT on January 27th.

“We’re pleased to bring the Tulane Business Model Competition back for its 20th anniversary year,” said Rob Lalka, executive director of the Lepage Center. “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.”

APPLY BY JANUARY 27 TO COMPETE FOR A PRIZE POOL OF $125,000

This year both the semi-final and final rounds will take place during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. The semi-final round will be held on March 24th with the final round on March 26th. 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.

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 this year’s first, second and third place prize winners. 

For more information and to see the complete rules, visit http://lepage.tulane.edu or contact Emily Egan at eegan@tulane.edu or 504.865.5462.