Entrepreneur Challenge

CSU, Chico, Glenn Hall 217-221

Have an idea for a business? You could win $1,0000.

The Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to sponsor the 2019 Entrepreneur Challenge on March 26th where for-profit or nonprofit concepts are considered for up to $1,000 in cash prizes.


LEARN MORE OR APPLY HERE: http://csuchico.startuptree.co


The best businesses begin as a solution to a problem. The Entrepreneur Challenge is designed to help you turn your solution to a pressing problem into what may become your own business. The top winners of each track will go on to compete in the Future Four—the final round at Sacramento State on Friday, April 5th for a chance to win up to $5,000. Transportation and lodging expenses will be covered by the Center for Entrepreneurship.


Investment Track

Ventures with economic returns that drive substantial market value.

· First Prize … $1,000

Social Enterprise Track

Ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.

· First Prize … $1,000

Second Place Overall

Awarded to a venture in either track

· Cash Prize … $500

Straus Innovation Award

Awarded to the venture (either track) with the most innovative solution to a problem.

· Cash Prize … $250


Michelle Kalberer, Co-Owner, Klean Kanteen

Mitch Gardner, Co-Founder, Pocket Points

Rob Richardson, Co-Founder, Pocket Points

Jon Gregory, Vice President and Venture Banking Manager, Five Star Bank

Andy Keller, Founder, ChicoBag

Lance Blanshei, Founder, Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe


Teams should be comprised of one to four members, at least one pursuing a degree, either part-time (minimum of 6 credit hours) or full time (minimum of 12 credit hours) for one semester of the academic year (undergraduate or graduate-level). If the CEO is not a student, then 50% of the remaining executive positions must be held by students.


Director – ccrobb@csuchico.edu

Program Manager – jbelisle@csuchico.edu

Venue: Chico State
400 W 1st St
Chico, CA 95929
Phone: 530-898-6333
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