Fowler Business Concept Challenge

Energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of USD students from across campus

Win $45,000 in scholarships to ignite your entrepreneurial passion -- all in a day's work.

At the Fowler Business Concept Challenge, we focus on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of University of San Diego students from across campus. The sky is the limit on creative ideas and we encourage students to explore their entrepreneurship potential to make a positive impact on the world. Both finalists and semifinalists have the chance to win up to $45,000 in scholarships.

Organized by the USD School of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Catalyzer, the Fowler Business Concept Challenge focuses on catalyzing the entrepreneurial spirit of our USD community. The challenge is open to all current USD undergraduate and graduate students and is meant to spark new ideas from across campus. No idea is too small. We are here to help you develop your entrepreneurial potential throughout the process.

Bring your family, friends, and community to the semi-finals and finals on November 15, 2019, to watch you become an entrepreneur as you present your ideas!

Consider a maximum of two paragraphs per answer. If you have any immediate questions please email Entrepreneurship Manager Regina Bernal


Are you hoping to be paired with a mentor as you work on your idea? Please fill out this form and we will be in touch. 

The Challenge

The Fowler Business Concept Challenge is for students focused on all kinds of business ideas. These include the more traditional, commercial venture ideas such as business-to-consumer models as well as business-to-business models, technology-based ventures, and business for good models. The possibilities are endless for your creative ideas.

Scholarships are awarded to the top four finalists and semifinalists. All participants will be featured on the evening of the event, allowing you to get visibility and further support for your idea, whether you make it to the semifinals or not.

Important Dates to Remember

October 1: Submission Workshop from 12:15-2 p.m in KIPJ Room DDrop in for a working session and get guidance from entrepreneurship faculty to help you with your submission before its due. 

October 14: Deadline to submit

October 28: Semifinalists announced 

November 15: Fowler Business Concept Challenge and finalists awarded

  • Eligibility
  • Requirements
  • Semi-Finalists Selection Criteria
  • Resources
  • Scholarship