Fowler Business Concept Challenge

Energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of USD students from across campus

Join us to Win Up to $45,000 in Scholarships for a day’s work to ignite your entrepreneurial passion.

At the Fowler Business Concept Challenge, we focus on energizing the entrepreneurial spirit of USD 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 semi-finalists 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 and we're here to help you develop your entrepreneurial potential through the process.

Bring your family, friends, and community to the semifinals & finals on November 15th to watch you become an entrepreneur as you present your ideas!


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 as well as business-to-business, technology-based ventures, and business for good models. The possibilities are endless as far as your creativity of ideas that can be submitted. 

Scholarships are awarded to the top four finalists and semi-finalists. 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. Drop-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