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UNC Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge

The UNC Monfort College of Business Entrepreneurial Challenge Open and Collegiate Division Competition applications are now open.

To apply for the Open Division click the following link:

https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e5VhjiOAuvXuIYZ

  • This application is for pre-launch or early-stage Colorado-based start-up ventures that began operation within the last two (2) years.
  • Finalists from previous years are not eligible to apply. 
To apply for the Collegiate Division click on the following link:

https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ANCCMJ8TqMY8xn

This application is for students that are enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, Front Range Community College, Morgan Community College or Northeastern Junior College.


The Open Division Entrepreneurial Challenge provides competitors the chance to network, learn, and grow to become more empowered entrepreneurs.  Participants will receive education, knowledge, and advice from industry experts, and an opportunity to compete for a share of $50,000 in prize money.  

In addition to the prize money, winners will receive business incubator services from UNC BizHub. Participants will have an opportunity to attend workshops designed specifically for entrepreneurs to address the most critical elements of success including finance, human resources and marketing.

The open division competition is open to pre-launch, or early-stage, Colorado-based startup ventures that began operation within the past two years. Finalists from previous years are not eligible to apply.

Open division applications are available at mcb.unco.edu/e-challenge. Completed applications must be submitted by January 6, 2020.

Semifinalists for the open division will be announced on January 29, 2020, at the Entrepreneurial Challenge Workshops.  Semifinalists will pitch their business concept to a panel of experts on February 12. The finalists will be selected to present their business plan in a competitive format on March 4.

The Collegiate Entrepreneurial Challenge creates an entrepreneurial culture by encouraging students to develop their ideas, launch businesses, and gain unique skills that come from participating in the challenge. Participants will receive expert opinions, professional advice, and an opportunity to compete for scholarships to the University of Northern Colorado.  Participants will have an opportunity to attend workshops designed specifically for entrepreneurs to address the most critical elements of success including finance, human resources and marketing.

The collegiate competition is open to students enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado, Aims Community College, Front Range Community College, Morgan Community College or Northeastern Junior College.  Students may participate as an individual or as a team. A team entry can consist of two to five eligible students.  Students who have a business idea or an existing business are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be available at mcb.unco.edu/e-challenge. Completed applications must be submitted by February 2, 2020.

Collegiate finalists will be announced at the Open Division semifinals on February 12, 2020.  Finalists will make their pitch presentation during the Open Division Entrepreneurial Challenge Finals on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. 

“The knowledge from our judges, the input from our faculty at UNC and the overall experience helps entrepreneurs succeed,” said UNC Professor Dallas Everhart, Ph.D., director of the Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Questions regarding the program can be directed to Dallas Everhart at monfort.echallenge@unco.edu.

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