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.

Congratulations to Yoodli, first place winner in the 2021 competition. Check back on this page in the fall 2021 semester for deadlines and important dates for the 2022 competition.

History

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.

Eligibility

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 first complete and submit an Intent to Compete form by the due date established in the guidelines. Potential competitors must then submit an electronic zipped folder* containing 1) their concept plan, 2) a completed W-9 form for each team member, and 3) a statement waiving confidentiality for the purposes of judging (one per team) to brittany.pervorse@cgu.edu by the deadline established in the guidelines. Please include in the zipped folder but as a separate file, a cover letter with concept name, list of team members, and name of school and class year for all team members.

2021 APPLICATION MATERIALS

Past winners

2020: The Cut
2019: Social Cipher
2018: SKIN-spiration Truck
2017: MagStrong
2016: Start Art Legal
2015: Sifty
2014: LiangYou Language Partners
2013: Life Patch
2012: Serengetee
2011: Banana Storage

Contact brittany.pervorse@cgu.edu for additional information.

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