Competition Format

Calling All Entrepreneurs — The Biola Startup Competition, hosted by Crowell School of Business, is a faith-based business competition designed to help Biola students and alumni launch innovative, kingdom-minded businesses and nonprofits that have the potential to significantly impact the world for Christ.

Kickoff Event

The competition begins with our kickoff event on Monday, September 19, 2016. Participants will hear from an inspiring entrepreneur, connect with other startup-minded believers in an interactive session, and learn more details about the competition prizes, rules and registration procedures. Register your email (on the Startup Competition home page) to stay attuned to updates.

The Rounds

There are three rounds to the competition:

Round 1: Team Registration and Approval

Registration opens September 19, 2016 and closes on October 10, 2016. See Eligibility Requirements.

Visit Registration Portal

Round 2: Concept Paper (Executive Summary)

Registered teams will develop a three-page concept paper (executive summary) about their business idea. Crowell School of Business will host two mandatory workshops to assist teams in developing their concept. Concept papers are due by November 18, 2016.

After the concept paper submissions, a panel of judges will select finalists for participation in round three of the competition. The teams selected to continue in the competition as finalists will be notified on December 9, 2016.

Round 3: Business Plan

Finalist teams will be matched with a personal coach and develop a 15-page business plan. Crowell School of Business will host two mandatory workshops to assist teams in writing their business plan and learning how to make a pitch. Business plans are due by March 6, 2017.

Final Presentations and Award

On Friday, March 24, 2017, finalist teams will make the pitch and present their business plan to a panel of judges, who will select the winners of the competition. Winners will receive cash awards and a startup package to encourage them in the further development of their business venture.

* Dates subject to change

“The final—and most demanding—call of every entrepreneur is to pursue excellence in all of his or her endeavors.”

Richard J. Goossens, Ph.D.