Business Idea Competition

Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs and free-lancers! Apply for a chance to turn your business idea into cash!

2019 Fall Kutztown University Business Idea Competition  

Kutztown University's Entrepreneurial Leadership Center (ELC) is seeking students of all disciplines of study who have a business idea. The Business Idea Competition provides students with an opportunity to explore their creative business ideas, receive valuable feedback from accomplished business owners. All finalists will present their business idea to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs on Thursday, November 7th at 5:00 p.m. in Rickenbach Learning Center 135. The presentations are open to the KU community and the general public.

  • Competition Timeline

    Attend one Orientation Session:

    • September 23, 2019, 2:00 p.m., deFrancesco 100
    • September 24, 2019, 11:00 a.m., deFrancesco 100

    October 17, 2019: Submissions due via website 

    October 28, 2019: Finalists are notified via email  

    November 7, 2019: KU Business Idea Competition, 5:00 p.m., Rickenbach 135, (Finalists make their presentations to panel of judges) 

    November 15, 2019: Winners will be eligible to participate in the PASSHE Business Pitch Competition submissions due 

  • Competition Rules
    1. Competition is open to all KU undergraduate students
    2. Students may compete individually or as a team (not to exceed 4 members)
    3. Attend a Business Idea Competition Orientation (see competition guideline above)
    4. Submit a written business idea (only one submission per student or team)
    5. Finalists will compete via a 3-5 minute presentation before a panel of judges, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A.
    6. Professional attire required for all finalists

    All finalists will be encouraged to participate in the PASSHE state-wide Business Pitch Competition.

  • Submission Guidelines
    1. Submit a written description of your idea for a business or a non-profit organization in the form of a 2-3 page paper in Times New Roman font (12 pt) double spaced with 1" margins
    2. Include a cover page with the name of the business and the name(s) of the student(s)
    3. Save your Word document with your first and last name and your student ID number
    4. Each submission must reflect a new business idea
    5. Each submission should contain the following:
      • Name of Business
      • What is the real-world goal your business will address?
      • Who will be your target market?
      • Describe your business (on-line, service based, manufacturing, non-profit organization, etc.)
      • Describe how you will promote and market the product or service.
      • How will the business be financed?
      • What will be the structure of your organization?
  • Competition Resources
    1. Visit the Small Business Development Center's Pitch Then Plan page
    2. Become a Small Business Development Center client using this form
    3. For help with professional attire visit the Career Development Center Career Closet
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 TOP THREE FINALISTS
    (L to R) Dean Carroll, Jock Gottleib (sponsor), Andrew Niver, Mason Murphy, Selena Cintron, Sydney Stibitz, Assistant Dean Brookins
    (L to R) Dean Carroll, Jock Gottleib (sponsor), Andrew Niver, Mason Murphy, Selena Cintron, Sydney Stibitz, Assistant Dean Brookins

First Place Winners - Hot Shot Tobacco-Free Chew

(L to R) Dean Carroll, Jock Gottleib (sponsor), Andrew Niver, Mason Murphy, Selena Cintron, Sydney Stibitz, Assistant Dean Brookins

 (L to R) Dean Carroll, Jack Gottleib (sponsor), Zack Tidmore, Emily Rohrbaugh, Miguel Lavarro, Assistant Dean Brookins, (not pictured: Bret Rovny)
 (L to R) Dean Carroll, Jack Gottleib (sponsor), Zack Tidmore, Emily Rohrbaugh, Miguel Lavarro, Assistant Dean Brookins, (not pictured: Bret Rovny)

Second Place Winners - Right Now

(L to R) Dean Carroll, Jack Gottleib (sponsor), Zack Tidmore, Emily Rohrbaugh, Miguel Lavarro, Assistant Dean Brookins, (not pictured: Bret Rovny)

  (L to R) Dean Carroll, Jack Gottlieb (sponsor), Dorian O'Connell, Assistant Dean Brookins
  (L to R) Dean Carroll, Jack Gottlieb (sponsor), Dorian O'Connell, Assistant Dean Brookins

Third Place Winner - Sweet Pastry, LLC

(L to R) Dean Carroll, Jack Gottlieb (sponsor), Dorian O'Connell, Assistant Dean Brookins