Fort Lewis College Business Plan Competition

General Information

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.

General Requirements                                                       

  • 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 businesseslight bulb over head graphic

Competition Focus

  • Business plans in any industry will be acceptable for participation.

Developmental Resources for Participants

  • Mentor Program
  • Workshops/Seminars
    • 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)