Registration for the 2nd Annual e-Fest: A Celebration of Undergraduate Entrepreneurship has opened. This year’s event will provide $250,000 in cash prizes for participants. A couple of new prizes/competitions have been added this year. First, a Pitch Competition will take place Thursday evening with $15,000 in cash prizes. Second, cash awards of $15,000 will be provided to the Finalists with the greatest social impact and the best international venture.

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has again agreed to provide up to $2,500 grants to schools to support the development of an internal business idea challenge or support the development of teams. The application for the grant will be available at https://eiexchange.com/e-fest beginning the afternoon of 10/18.

Initial submissions are 7 minute videos and 15 good slides. From these submissions 25 finalists will be chosen to attend e-Fest at The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Finalist will spend 3 days in Minneapolis and participate in a series of events including speakers, an innovation challenge, professional development works shops and of course the Schulze Business Plan Competition. Airfare and hotel will be provided for the 25 finalists and their advisors.

Here are some important dates:

e-Fest® 2018 Timeline

  • School Registration Starts Oct. 13, 2017
    Schools Register Here Now
  • School Registration Deadline Jan. 26, 2018
  • Student Team Submissions Open Feb. 1, 2018
  • Submissions Due Friday Feb. 23, 2018 (by 6 p.m. Pacific Time)
  • Finalists Announced Mar. 16, 2018
  • e-Fest 2018 Nationals Apr. 12-14, 2018

We had an outstanding event last year with great teams, high quality professional development workshops, networking opportunities and of course a great business plan competition.

David Deeds
Editor-in-Chief
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange
Sandra Schulze Professor of Entrepreneurship
Schulze School of Entrepreneurship
Opus College of Business
The University of St. Thomas