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Why Compete at e-Fest?

Cash Prizes

Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge

Championship Prizes
1st – $50K | 2nd – $30K | 3rd – $20K | 4th – $15K | 5th – $10K
Semi-Finals Round 2nd & 3rd Place Prizes
2nd Place – $2.5K | 3rd Place – $1K

Special Recognition Awards

Social Impact Award: $10K
Global Impact Award: $10K

Pitch Slam!

1st – $10K | 2nd – $5K | 3rd – $2.5K

Innovation Challenge

1st – $20K | 2nd – $10K | 3rd – $5K

Travel Stipends

e-Fest provides a generous stipend to support costs for travel, ground transportation, hotel accommodation and meals for the Top 25 Finalists teams and their faculty advisor to travel to Minneapolis, MN for the three-day e-Fest event. Our host, The University of St. Thomas, issues a travel stipend check directly to advisors to support expenses incurred for e-Fest. Advisors are responsible for managing travel stipends and arranging all hotel and travel accommodations for themselves and their student teams.

Universities requiring air travel to attend e-Fest will receive a travel stipend of $3,750 per team. Local teams not travelling by air will receive a stipend of $1,000 per team. Please note that the travel stipend is considered reimbursement for expenses incurred. Advisors may not receive their checks until 4 weeks after we receive your W-9.

Satellite Media Tour

The Satellite Media Tour (SMT) provides an opportunity for teams to connect with multiple media outlets from across the country to conduct interviews for television, radio and print media. Teams will select one student member to represent their business venture at the e-Fest satellite media tour.

During the SMT, students will be paired with Dr. Sheneeta White, Associate Dean of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, who will answer media questions about e-Fest and the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge. Your team representative will talk about your specific idea/pitch to media outlets primarily in your school’s local market.

Please note, not every team will be selected for a media interview. We are working with an agency to pitch each team and arrange interviews, but availability will vary greatly by geography. As a professional development opportunity, all teams will receive media training whether or not they are selected to interview.


e-Fest is much more than just a business plan competition. The three-day event was designed to provide students with intentional collaboration, networking and professional development opportunities to increase their growth and acumen as entrepreneurs.

Students and advisors are able to attend professional development workshops led by seasoned experts from around the country. Workshop topics may include building online presence and e-commerce, SEM & SEO strategy, IP and business formation/ legal advice for start-ups, attracting seed capital & angel investors.

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