Students can compete in two different tracks:
Business Concept Track for students focused on more traditional commercial ventures. These can be business-to-consumer, business-to-business, technology-based ventures, and are typically for-profit models.
Social Venture Track for students whose ventures use entrepreneural models to craft innovative, effective, and scalable solutions that address significant social problems. Examples of these social issues range from poverty alleviation and employment for marginalized communities to environmental sustanability. Ventures can be non-profit, for-profit, or a hybrid model (a combination of a for-profit and non-profit).
Scholarships are awarded to the top four finishers in each track.
Submissions must be new business concepts, not already existing companies. No business concepts that have won or placed in a previous Fowler competition may be submitted again. Students may submit as many business concepts as they like, but students are limited to one concept eligible to compete in the semifinal and final competition.
Provide a brief description of your business concept following the prompts outlined below. Your submission, excluding an optional cover page, can be a maximum of five pages, double-spaced, 11-point type.
The competition is open exclusively to all University of St. Thomas undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows registered in the semester of the competition. All members of a team must be current students with a valid St. Thomas student ID. Teams typically consist of one to three members.