Goals and Objectives
- Promote student and recent alumni ideas as well as new venture creation.
- Provide professional development opportunities to students and recent alumni 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 students and recent alumni to present new business plans to Durango (Four Corner) area venture capitalists, financial institutions, business leaders, etc.
Competition Participants (Eligibility Requirements)
- All FLC students.
- FLC and SOBA recent alumni (i.e., graduation Spring 2011 – Fall 2016).
- Teams up to 5 individuals.
- The team leader must be a FLC student or recent alumnus/alumnae.
- Been in business for less than 1 year
- No funding (e.g., venture capital, angel, small business loan) obtained prior to competition
- Original work
- At least one team member (i.e., team leader) needs to be a FLC student or alumni
- No marijuana industry related businesses
- Business plans in any industry will be acceptable for participation.
Developmental Resources for Participants
- Mentor Program
- Business plans 101
- Presenting your business idea
- Accounting for start-ups
- Competition analysis
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 can not be guaranteed.
FLC Advisory Committee
- Paul Clay (Associate Professor – School of Business Administration)
- Emily Houghton (Assistant Professor - Exercise Science Department)
- Kathryn Mouzakis (Assistant Professor – Chemistry Department)
- Ryan Smith (Associate Professor – Department of Physics and Engineering)
- Tim Thomas (Instructor – Adventure Education)
- Eric Prosser (FLC Campus Copyright Librarian)
- Lisa Campi Walters (Associate Professor - Music Department)