Syracuse students invited to Tulane Business Model Competition featuring a $125,000 prize package

students at a pitch competition
Students pitching at a previous competition

Syracuse University student entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the 2021 Tulane Business Model Competition.  Last year, the competition awarded $125,000 across the three finalist teams.  The competition is open to early-stage ventures, led by teams that include at least one undergraduate or graduate student from any college or university.  Monday, January 25 is the deadline to apply and the semi-final and final rounds will take place virtually the week of March 23, 2021.

Teams will be judged on how well their commercially viable ventures break down an idea into a key business model hypothesis, if they have tested their assumptions with customers, and how well they are using Lean Startup principles. In addition to competition events, participants will have the opportunity to be matched with investors and mentors for virtual meetings where founders will get strategic guidance on their venture and expand their networks.

Here’s how it works:

  • Applications close January 25.
  • In February, judges will review the applications and select six ventures to compete in the semi-final round on the week of March 23.  Judges choose three finalists to compete in the final round that same week.

Students can apply at The application takes time to fill out so interested applicants should plan on enough time to fill it out.