Our Annual Contest for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

This is a competition for students and alumni of The Claremont Colleges who think they have what it takes to be entrepreneurs.

Join us in person for the kick-off event Monday, February 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Albrecht Auditorium at Claremont Graduate University, and sign up for our webinar Thursday, March 9, at noon. This year’s submission deadline is Friday, April 7. Finalist presentations are Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Drucker School of Management.

View the 2017 Kravis Concept Plan Competition Information Session slides.


In conjunction with the naming of the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Henry R. Kravis, a founding member of the Board of Visitors, established a $175,000 endowment fund. Each year the income from this endowment is awarded to the student(s) or alumni, if any, who demonstrate real promise as entrepreneurs. The amount awarded each year depends on the interest from the endowment and the number of awards granted. No more than three will be granted; if no submissions are deemed worthy, no awards will be made. Awards will be made by a committee of judges consisting of practitioners involved in entrepreneurial ventures and venture capital


Students and alumni of any of The Claremont Colleges may enter this competition.

What do I need to do?

Students and alumni who wish to compete for the award must submit concept plans that may not exceed 10 pages. The ideas and reports must be original but may be the work of a team consisting of no more than four students/alumni. Entrants will be asked to attest to the originality of the idea.

How do I enter?

Interested students and alumni must submit by regular mail or in person three hard copies of their concept plan, along with a statement waiving confidentiality for the purposes of judging, to the address below. Please include a cover letter with concept name, list of team members, and name of school and class year for all team members.

The Drucker School of Management
Claremont Graduate University
c/o Deborah Averette—Kravis Coordinator
1021 N. Dartmouth Avenue, Suite 101
Claremont, CA 91711


Past winners

2016: Start Art Legal
2015: Sifty
2014: LiangYou Language Partners
2013: Life Patch
2012: Serengetee

Contact deborah.averette@cgu.edu for additional information.

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