Due to health and safety concerns for participants and facilitators, the J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge has been cancelled.
Do you have a big idea?
The 10th Annual J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge is a campus-wide business plan competition that is open to all LSU students operating businesses or working on an idea for a new venture. The first-round requires a written business plan to enter the competition. After the first round judging, three student plans will be selected to pitch in the final round for their share of $25,000 in startup cash! A completed business plan is the only requirement for participation; this is a very valuable opportunity for LSU student entrepreneurs!
Important 2020 Dates
- April 15, 2020 - Deadline to submit first-round business plans
- April 22, 2020 - Three finalists announced
- April 28, 2020 - Finalists pitch in live round 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Business Education Complex
How to Get Involved
Meet with our team: Write Your Business Plan
Email SEI to set up an initial meeting, no business idea is off limits! We are here to help; our team is full of business plan experts. If you are interested in participating, please reach out so we can start the business plan writing process. There is a chance for free startup cash, so the earlier you get going, the better.
First Round: Submit Your Business Plan
Business plans must be submitted online by Wednesday, April 15, at midnight. Participants can continually update their plans until the deadline. All plans will be judged and scored by a panel of members in our entrepreneurial network. The top three plans will be announced on April 22 and will advance to the final pitch round of the J Terrell Brown Venture Challenge on April 28 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the LSU Business Education Complex in Baton Rouge.
Final Round: Live Pitch
On April 28, the three finalists will give a 10-minute investor pitch to both the panel of judges and a live audience. Each pitch will be followed by a 10-minute question and answer session with the panel of judges made up of local business professionals and investors. The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute assists in pitch formation and ensures that all teams are well-prepared for their pitches.
Startup Cash Awarded: Three Businesses Receive their Share of $25,000 prize
The judges will determine how to divide $25,000 among the three winners based on their pitches. The maximum amount per team is $15,000, and the minimum is $1,000, finalists are guaranteed cash.