The Details

Eligibility, requirements & resources

Goals & objectives 

  • Promote our region’s emerging entrepreneurs’ ideas (FLC students and recent alumni, SJC students, and regional high school students) as well as new venture creation.
  • Provide professional development opportunities to our region’s emerging entrepreneurs through workshops as well as a mentorship program.
  • Involve community and alumni stakeholders (e.g., as mentors, judges, sponsors, and supporters).
  • Provide an opportunity for our region’s emerging entrepreneurs to present new business plans to Durango, Farmington, and Four Corner area venture capitalists, financial institutions, business leaders, etc.

Who may participate

High school students
  • Teams of up to 3 high school students from the same high school
  • Must be currently enrolled during the Spring 2021 semester at that high school
FLC students
  • All Fort Lewis College students
  • Teams of 1 to 5 individuals
  • The team leader must be a Fort Lewis College student
SJC students
  • All San Juan College students
  • Teams of 1 to 5 individuals
  • The team leader must be a San Juan College student
FLC recent alumni
  • Fort Lewis College recent alumni (i.e., graduation Spring 2015 – Fall 2020)
  • Teams up to 5 individuals
  • The team leader must be a Fort Lewis College recent alumnus/alumnae

General Requirements

  • Business has been in operation for less than 1 year
  • No funding (e.g., venture capital, angel, small business loan) obtained prior to competition
  • Original work only
  • No marijuana industry related businesses
  • No alcohol industry related businesses (High School track only)

Competition Focus

  • Business plans in any industry will be accepted for participation. (Exceptions noted above.)

Developmental Resources for Participants light bulb over head graphic

Mentor Program Option

Each team leader will be provided the opportunity to participate in a structured mentorship program. Mentors will be selected based on proven entrepreneurial and business success. Please note, mentors cannot be guaranteed.


FLC Advisory Committee

  • Paul Clay (Associate Dean & Associate Professor - School of Business Administration)
  • Ryan Smith (Vice President of Product and Engineering at Sight Machine)
  • Lisa Campi Walters (Professor - Music Department)
  • Erik Juergensmeyer (Professor - English)
  • David Blake (Professor - Biology)

Register now