Tulane Business Model Competition


Applications for the Tulane Business Model Competition are now OPEN. Apply by January 31, 2022! 


The Tulane Business Model Competition awards funding to early-stage student ventures that can demonstrate how they are adapting to their customers’ needs. In 2021, the 3 finalists split a cash prize of $125,000.

The contest rewards founders who 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.

“This is our premier annual event to identify, promote and support new companies. Every year I’m amazed at the talented student entrepreneurs who 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 select six ventures to compete in the competition’s semi-final round. Judges then choose three finalists to pitch their business models in the final round of the competition to determine the first, second and third place prize winners who will share a cash prize.

Applications for the 2022 Tulane Business Model Competition will open on November 16th, 2021. Teams must include at least one degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student from any college or university. Currently, this competition is scheduled to take place in-person the week of March 21, 2022, however competitors will be offered the option to present virtually. For more information and to sign up for updates, contact Emily Egan at eegan@tulane.edu or 504.865.5462.