COVID-19 Updates

BSU is open. An initial plan to return to campus in the fall 2020 semester is now available.

Idea Lean Poster Competition

Do you have an idea for a cool and exciting new business?  Are you interested in improving an existing product, or service?  Are you looking for extra funding to invest in your business idea? Join the Entrepreneurship Academy for our 1st Annual Idea Lean Poster Competition at Bowie State University (BSU) with a special competition for the crucial COVID-19 Idea Challenge.  Please note that you can enter both Competitions and both Competitions are use the same template.  When filling out the information on the template, there will be a space for you to note which Competition you are submitting. The Competitions are open to any students (preferably teams) of any major.  The COVID-19 Idea Challenge is open to any student of any major and faculty and staff members may if they have a BSU student team member.     

The Idea Lean Poster Competition will be held individually in each of the four Colleges during the week of November 16. The deadline for submission of your Idea Lean Poster is 11:59 pm on November 12. All participants must participate in a “Live Pitch” during the Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is November 16-20 (see content below for your College date/time).  The top two winners from each of the Colleges will then go on to compete for over $3000 in cash on December 1, 4PM.

Why use the Lean Canvas model? The Lean Canvas is a single page business visual tool that helps you break down your business model into its most critical parts and assumptions. It helps you figure out whether your solution (idea) is solves a problem.  It is geared towards start-ups and provides greater simplicity towards the business start-up process, which makes it a perfect tool for your Idea. Although it is not required, we encourage team collaboration across disciplines.

Competition Details

Please note students may enter both the Idea Lean Poster and the COVID-19 Idea Challenge with different ideas.
  1. Submission: All entries must be submitted by Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 11:59 PM. Please submit your Posters using this template. Again, you may enter both Competitions.
    1. Submit completed poster in PDF or PowerPoint to entrepreneurshipacademy@bowiestate.edu
  2. Eligibility and Competition Entries: The Competitions are open to any students (preferably teams) of any major, which include both undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled and in good academic standing. Participants may have an entry in both the Idea Lean Poster and in the COVID-19 Idea Challenge.
  3. COVID-19 Idea Challenge: This Competition is open to any student of any major and faculty and staff members may participate as if long as they have a BSU student team member.    We encourage team collaboration across disciplines.
  4. Each College: Professional Studies, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences will host individually, the Idea Lean Poster Competition. The special COVID-19 Idea Challenge is open to all students and is a separate Competition.
  5. Please note that both Competitions use the same template and have the same submission deadlines of November 12, 11:59 PM. When filling out the information on the template, there will be a space for you to note which Competition you are submitting
  6. Mentoring:One-on-one coaching is available for students who need help to fully-develop their idea and work on their Idea Lean Poster. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST COACHING
  7. Resources: There will be resources available on the website to help you develop your Lean Canvas including videos on pitching, sample canvases, etc.
  8. Pitching: All entrants into (in) the Competition will present a 2-3-minute pitch of their Idea Lean Poster at their respective college during the week of November 16. All pitches will be judged on oral presentation, feasibility of the idea, and how well it solves the problem you present.

Timeline 

Friday, October 30   
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM        Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                         B
y appointment only Click here to schedule 

Tuesday, November 3   
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM        Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                         By appointment only Click here to schedule 

Thursday, November 5   
2:
00 PM – 5:00 PM        Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                         By appointment only Click here to schedule 

Monday, November 9 
11:00 AM – 4:00
 PM      Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                        By appointment only Click here to schedule 

Thursday, November 12 
11:59 PM                           Submission deadline: Idea Lean Poster from each college and the COVID-19 Idea Challenge 

Monday, November 16           
6:15 PM                          College of Business Competition 

Wednesday, November 18                     
3:00 PM                         
College of Arts & Sciences Competition 

Wednesday, November 18                     
5:00 PM                         College of Education 

Wednesday November 18                      
6:30 PM
                         College of Professional Studies 

Friday, November 20                               
3:00 PM                         
COVID-19 Idea Challenge   

Tuesday, December 1                              
4:00 PM                            Idea Lean Poster Competition Finals  

Prizes

  • Idea Lean Poster Competition Finals 
    • 1st Place: $1,250
    • 2nd Place: $500
    • 3rd Place: $250
  • Covid-19 Idea Challenge Finalists
    • 1st Place $1500
    • 2nd Place $500

For more information, email Ifunanya Enezuagu at ienezuagu@bowiestate.edu