Have a great idea for a business venture? Want to put it to the test?
For the second year in a row, the Rosen College Entrepreneurship Competition gives students an opportunity to take an idea for a hospitality-related product or service and develop a plan to bring it to market. Students may enter as individuals or teams; at least one person must be currently enrolled at Rosen College. Participants will compete for cash prizes that can assist with startup costs and help make their dreams a reality.
The competition is sponsored by BlurtBox, a mobile app that helps customers voice their complaints about a business and allows owners and managers to address customers in real time. The company’s CEO is Julien Meyer, ’14, a Rosen College alumnus who studied hospitality and event management at UCF while running his own startup company. Read more about Julien.
The top 3 finalists will receive the following cash prizes:
- Complimentary consulting services: Preparing basic organization documents for filing, a one-hour initial consultation and (2) 30-minute follow-up consultations at 3 and 6 months.
- Complimentary one-hour consultation
- Complimentary one-hour consultation*
*This will be a joint session with the 2nd and 3rd Place winners in attendance.
As part of the initial submission, the team must elect how they want the prize money distributed. They can choose to either divide the money evenly among all of the members competing or make the check out to a business entity.
Important Dates (*dates and times subject to change)
Applications Due: Monday, January 30, 2017, Click HERE for Application (due by 11:59 pm)
Presentation Prep, Concept Review, Fireside Chat with two young entrepreneurs: Friday, January 13, 2017, Classroom 211, 1 p.m.
Presentation Prep, Finding Your Target Market: Friday, January 20, 2017, 1 p.m. Classroom 211, 1 p.m.
Presentation Prep, Communication: Friday, February 10, 2017, Classroom 211, 1 p.m.
Finalists Announced via email: Thursday, February 23, 2017, (by 5 p.m.)
Presentation Prep, Financials: Friday, March 10, 2017, Classroom 211, 1 p.m.
Presentation Prep, Mock Presentation: Friday, March 24, 2017, Classroom 110, 1 p.m.
Slide Decks Due via email: Thursday, March 30, 2017 (by 11: 59 p.m. to Jeffrey.Weinland@ucf.edu)
Final Round: Thursday, April 6, 2017, Classroom 110, Reception at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:15 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Presentation Prep: See above for dates
Students entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend the presentation prep sessions listed above. Coaches will be on hand to critique and provide recommendations. Be polished and professional when you present your business aspiration during the competition
Monday, January 30, 2017 – Applications Due
All applications must be completed and turned in by 11:59 pm on Monday, January 30, 2017, for any team to be eligible for the competition. No individual extensions will be granted. A panel of judges will select proposals to be passed on to the next round of the competition.
Submission Guidelines: Submissions should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 single-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font, pages with 1-inch margins, addressing the topics listed in the judging guidelines. Please ensure that no information identifying individual team members is included in the submission file. Click here for Application Form.
Finalists Announced via email: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Finalists for the competition will be announced by email by 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Finalists will be provided with specific instructions for their presentation, including the criteria they will be evaluated on and what to present in their slide decks.
Slide Decks Due via email: Thursday, March 30, 2017, All slide decks must be submitted via email by 11:59 pm to Jeffrey.Weinland@ucf.edu
Final Round: Thursday, April 6, 2017, Reception at 5:30 p.m. Program begins at 6:15 p.m: Finalists will deliver a presentation of no more than 15 minutes to a panel of judges. An additional 10 minutes will be allowed for Q&A on their venture.
- At least one team member must be a full-time University of Central Florida Rosen College student who has completed at least two full semesters at the university.
- Revenues generated by the proposed venture must not have exceeded $50,000 in the last year.
- The proposed venture must not have raised any more than $50,000 in venture capital as of January 1, 2017.
- Submissions and presentations must be the original work of the team.
Judges to be announced at a later date
If you have any questions about the Rosen College Entrepreneurship Competition, please contact Dr. Jeff Weinland at Jeffrey.Weinland@ucf.edu.