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Crowell School of Business Graduate Students Sweep Third Annual Startup Competition!

Crowell's MBA and Master of Management, Nonprofit Organizations programs help propel students both in and out of the classroom. Join Kingdom minded business leaders and discover more about our programs.

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Develop Your Business Plan

The Startup Competition team is here to help you succeed. Once you’ve registered, your team will have access to workshops that will help you develop your business concept, and you finalist teams will be matched with a personal coach to hone your business plan.

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Make Your Innovative Idea a Reality

The Biola Startup Competition is an initiative that offers all current Biola undergraduate students, graduate students and recent (2009 or later) alumni the opportunity to transform a promising idea into a successful startup business or nonprofit. Aided by experienced executives and business leaders, you and your team will have the chance to pitch your concept, develop a business plan, gain valuable real-world insights and compete for capital.

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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23–24

Winners: 2018 Biola Startup Competition

2018 Startup Competition winning team youniquely_made

1st Place


$15,000 and $10,000 Brown & Streza LLP Legal Package


youniquely_made is an e-commerce matchmaking platform for artistic creators and marketing clients.


Karissa Le
Jasper Lee
Chris Wong
Coach: John Russell

2nd Place

Eleven Streetwear


3rd Place



Competition Sponsors

Crowell School of Business Partnerships

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Praxis Academy

The Biola University Crowell School of Business is pleased to be a Top-Tier Partner School of the Praxis Academy. Praxis Academy and the Biola Startup Competition are aligned in mission to "build a community of next generation leaders who are pursuing redemptive entrepreneurship and innovation across all of culture." Since 2016, Biola University has served as the host site of the annual Praxis Academy — welcoming over 200 students from 80 universities for a one-week intensive on campus.

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Lausanne Movement

The Biola University Crowell School of Business is pleased to be a supporter of the Lausanne Movement’s Global Workplace Forum — to be held in Manila, June 25–29, 2019. The Lausanne Movement’s Global Workplace Forum (GWF) and the Crowell School of Business are aligned in mission “to bring together a diverse range of influencers in order to mobilize the whole church — in every corner of the global workplace — as bearers of the gospel.” The Biola Startup Competition is a first step in mobilizing and training young influencers for global impact in the workplace.

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Biola Entrepreneurship Society

Biola Entrepreneurship Society is an open community for innovative thinkers and self-starters from all majors. We exist to offer support, encouragement and guidance to build redemptive entrepreneurs. We meet for informational or social events at least once a month, sometimes in conjunction with the Startup Competition. If you have any questions or would like to be a part of the society, email

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Competition Testimonials

“It is clear that God has used entrepreneurial innovation to improve the quality of our lives today. The Biola Startup Competition, sponsored by the Crowell School of Business, will nurture the entrepreneurial spirit across our campus and launch a new generation of business leaders and businesses that serve the common good and impact the world for Christ.”

Dr. Gary Lindblad
Crowell School of Business

“Since launching the Biola Startup Competition in 2015, we have seen the Lord work amazingly — bringing together our strategic partnership with the Praxis Academy and in establishing Biola's community of redemptive entrepreneurs.”

Dr. Robert Harp
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Crowell School of Business

“The Biola Startup Competition gave me the chance to learn business with a hands on approach. From this opportunity I gained a love for business and the passion to use business as ministry for the glory of God.”

Sawyer Jones
Business Administration: Management ('17)
Former Participant

“Whether I am an entrepreneur, work for a company or do ministry full-time, the mission is the same: to make disciples of all nations through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. This opportunity has grown my faith significantly.”

Matthew S. Lemieux
Computer Science Information Systems ('17)
Former Participant