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.

This year’s submission deadline is Thursday, March 28, at 12:00 pm. Finalist presentations are Friday, April 12 at the Drucker School of Management.

Professors Hovig Tchalian and Ayca Altintig will hold a mentor workshop on “Pitching your Concept Plan” for competition participants on Thursday, March 14, from 5:30-6:30 pm in Burkle 12. RSVPs are required. To RSVP, please submit your intent to compete using the form below to brittany.pervorse@cgu.edu by Wednesday, March 13.


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 first complete and submit an electronic copy of an Intent to Compete form to brittany.pervorse@cgu.edu by 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.

*Note: The Intent to Compete must be submitted separately from the zipped folder containing the concept plan. This allows our judges to review concept plans without bias.


Past winners

2018: SKIN-spiration Truck
2017: MagStrong
2016: Start Art Legal
2015: Sifty
2014: LiangYou Language Partners
2013: Life Patch
2012: Serengetee

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

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