SDSU LeanModel™ Start-up Competition

SDSU Lean Model Competition LogoOpen to Students from Four-Year Universities GLOBALLY

The LeanModel™ Competition is a business model competition designed to assist and reward student based start-ups from global four year universities. This competition will draw students from across the world and provide them with an opportunity to pitch their start-ups to potential investors and compete for awards. A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, and C-Level executives will judge their pitch and evaluate critical elements of the start-up’s LeanModel.

We believe that early on, the start-up must move quickly to prototype and test their product or service, while maintaining customer interaction as a focal point. Too often, teams focus on writing a business plan and never actually interact with their target customers. This new competition, influenced by Lean Startup (Eric Ries) and Business Model Generation (Alex Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur), asks students to direct their efforts toward a realistic model,  based on factual information. It challenges competitors to obtain consumer feedback and  “pivot” in the right direction.

Successful teams will have mastered the creation of a dynamic business model, which includes:

  • A detailed strategy for the creation and delivery of value
  • Identification of a particular problem
  • Development of a clear and realistic solution
  • Ability to pivot, test, and adapt the model until it is perfected.

Event Details

The LeanModel™ Competition will provide students a chance to win a total of $20,000 in cash and prizes. Important event deadlines include:

  • November 4th, 2014: Register on the Lavin Center Website
  • December 2nd, 2014: Submit Multi-media on the Lavin Center Website by 11:59pm
  • March 6th & 7th, 2015: Two-day competition on the San Diego State University campus.

If you have any questions, contact Madisyn Prior at mprior@sdsu.mail.edu


Published by CSUF Entrepreneurship

We teach, coach and lead the principled, cross-disciplinary practice of entrepreneurship. We believe that, through determined practice, leadership and team work, our students, faculty, clients, volunteers and alums can systematically recombine the new and the old to forge new ventures, create an entrepreneurial culture, and dramatically benefit our community.

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