Have a big idea? Undergraduate and graduate students can explore the possibility of turning their business ideas into reality utilizing the Lean Startup Methodology.
Student teams select a faculty mentor and register for the competition here. All teams will be required to utilize the Business Model Canvas. Teams will prepare a 10-minute presentation covering their business idea and their utilization of the Business Model Canvas. For examples of these presentations, view the past winners here. Watch the video below to learn more about the Business Model Canvas and associated Lean Startup Model.
For more information, see the Student Orientation Packet
Prizes and Awards
University of Wisconsin River Falls Competition
1st place = $2,000
2nd place = $1,000
3rd Place = $500
Wisconsin Big Idea Competition (UW-RF 1st place automatically goes to this event, At-Large options for other groups)
1st place = $2,500
2nd place = $1,500
3rd Place = $750
Business stipends must be used for activities or supplies directly related to starting or growing the business idea entered in the competitions.
• UW-RF 1st place winner is entered into the Wisconsin Big Idea Competition with opportunity to have travel paid for.
• Access to Lean Business Model Startup and other workshops
• Feedback from entrepreneurs and regional business leaders serving as competition judges
• Opportunity to present your business idea to the UWRF Foundation Board for additional funding considerations if applicable.