12th Annual Entrepreneurial Challenge
Applications for the Entrepreneurial Challenge are available and must be submitted by Oct. 31, for the Open, Greeley, and Collegiate Division Competitions.
Open Division and Greeley Division Entrepreneurial Challenge
The Open and Greeley Division Entrepreneurial Challenge provides Colorado competitors
chance to network, learn, and grow to become more empowered entrepreneurs. Participants
will receive world-class education and advice from industry experts, and an opportunity to
compete for a share of prize money.
On Oct. 21, participants will have an opportunity to attend the Perfect Pitch seminar with
communications expert, Cindy Skalicky. This seminar will allow participants to hone their
pitching skills while receiving advice on how to make a great pitch deck! Additional workshops
on Oct. 21 are designed specifically for entrepreneurs to address the most critical elements of
success including finance, human resources and marketing. Both of these events will also be
available to the public.
This is the inaugural year for the Greeley Division of the Entrepreneurial Challenge and
participants applying will abide by the same rules as the Open Division — open to pre-launch,
or early-stage, Colorado-based (Open Division) or Greeley-based (Greeley Division) startup
ventures that began operation within the past two years. Finalists from previous years are not eligible to apply.
Applications for all divisions will be available at mcb.unco.edu/applications. Completed applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.
Semifinalists for the Open and Greeley Divisions will be announced on Nov. 10. Semifinalists
will pitch their business concept to a panel of expert judges on Nov. 19. After the finalists have been determined, they will proceed to present their business plans in a competitive format on Feb. 9.
Collegiate Division Entrepreneurial Challenge
The Entrepreneurial Challenge Collegiate Division creates an entrepreneurial culture
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. Collegiate participants will have an opportunity to attend the Perfect Pitch seminar as well as additional workshops on Oct. 21, 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 UNC in addition to any Colorado
community college. Students may participate as an individual or as a team. A team entry can
consist of two to five eligible students. Students who simply have a business idea or an existing business are encouraged to apply.
Applications for all divisions are available at mcb.unco.edu/applications. Completed applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.
Collegiate finalists will be announced at the Semifinals for the Open and Greeley
Nov. 19. Finalists will make their pitch presentation during the Entrepreneurial Challenge Finals on Feb. 9.
"The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at the University of Northern Colorado and in the
Monfort College of Business! There is so much excitement and enthusiasm around the
Entrepreneurial Challenge. I strongly encourage current and aspiring entrepreneurs to
participate in an event that will most certainly advance their ventures." --Dr. Sher Gibbs, Dean, Monfort College of Business
Questions regarding the program can be directed to Dallas Everhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- e-Challenge Home
- Apply for 2021 e-Challenge
- Perfecting your Pitch and Workshops
- 2020 e-Challenge Recap
- Business Plan Resources
- Contact Us
- Student Manager Position
- Oct. 5 - Applications open
- Oct. 21 - Perfecting Your Pitch with Cindy Skalicky
- Oct. 21 - Workshops
- Oct. 31 - All applications due (Open, Greeley and Collegiate Divisions)
- Nov. 10 - Announce Open Division and Greeley Division Semifinalists
- Nov. 19 - Semifinals for Open Division and Greeley Division
- Nov. 19 - Announce Collegiate Division finalists
- Feb. 2 - Pitch decks due for finals (PowerPoint slides)
- Feb. 9 - Finals for Open, Greeley and Collegiate Divisions