Dear International Business Colleagues,
Please consider entering your university or sharing this announcement with those at your University who are involved in entrepreneurship. Last year’s event was a great success and this year’s will be even better.
Registration for E-fest 2018 is open. If your school would like to participate please go to EIX.org and register before January 26, 2018
E-Fest 2018 will be a celebration of undergraduate entrepreneurship. E-fest is open to Undergraduate college students from around the country. Finalists will have the chance to
compete for over $250,000 in grants and scholarships at a three-day celebration of undergraduate entrepreneurship April 12-14, 2018 in Minneapolis.
E-Fest, sponsored by the Richard M. Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation and EIX.org,
a non-profit online platform for entrepreneurship education, will celebrate 25 student teams who submit the best business ideas in a preliminary competition. The event will feature workshops, a Pitch Competition, an Innovation Challenge and cash prizes for
best international entry and the entry with the greatest potential positive social impact. The 25 student teams selected as semi-finalists will be provided airfare to Minneapolis and hotel.
Awarding Entrepreneurial Excellence
The top prize will be $75,000 with the potential for more based on winning the social impact or the international prize. In addition the Pitch Competition will award $17,500 in cash prizes and
The Innovation Challenge will award $ 40,000.
We are again proud to offer e-Fest development grants for 2018! First time recipients will receive $2,500, to be used to help develop e-Fest teams, entrepreneurship curricula, or support a local
business concept competition or other entrepreneurship student activities. Schools that received development grants in 2017 are eligible for continuation grants of $1,500. Funds are limited and grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
How to Enter
Universities wishing to participate must register at EIX.org. Student teams must develop and submit a seven-minute video and 15-slide presentation detailing their business ideas by February 23,
2018. Complete entry information and contest rules are available in on https://eiexchange.com/e-fest
Please consider entering teams. This is far more than just a business plan competition. This is going to be a unique event. A real celebration of Undergraduate Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Programs!
All the best,
David L. Deeds
Schulze Chair in Entrepreneurship
Schulze School of Entrepreneurship
Opus College of Business
The University of St. Thomas
1000 Lasalle Ave