Fall Business Model Competition

Fall Business Model Competition

In the Fall semester, the CIE hosts a business model competition following the guidelines of the International Business Model Competition.  This is a lower burden way to craft a business idea. It focuses on talking to customers and rapidly iterating through variations of your solution to get to something customers want quickly.

There are two rounds:

Round 1

Answer some simple questions about your business. Registration is open!  You can submit your entry by clicking Get Involved

Round 2

After we coach you up on completing the business model canvas and customer validation techniques, you will submit a final business canvas.  Judges from within the university will review the models and invite participants for the final round.  The finalists will be invited to present your canvas to a panel of judges from the industry and investment communities.  The judges will choose the winners. We’d like you to use the template we provide.


  • Winners earn the latest iPad Pro OR cash equivalent deposited into your bursar account.
  • Overall winning team is automatically advanced as a semi-finalist to the Gillespie Business Plan Competition. You still have to apply for the Gillespie Competition, but you will be an automatic semi-finalist.
  • Winners will earn automatic advancement to the International Business Model Competition Oxford Regional Qualifier. If you win the regional, you get a shot to compete for over $100,000 in prize money at the international finals in the spring.

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