Growing a successful venture starts with a creative idea and needs a strong business plan

The Bill Munday School of Business invites students from all majors with innovative concepts to participate in iChallenge on the Hilltop — a year-long series of events that encourages students to pitch their ideas to a team of judges, partner with mentors to develop a plan, and present their finalized plan for prizes.


Ventures begin with unique concepts. Students pitch their creative ideas to Austin business leaders at the Fall Pitch Competition in the fall. Ideas can take the form of a new for-profit or non-profit business, 应用程序, product or service – or even a solution to a problem. This 2-minute elevator pitch gets students comfortable with presenting and articulating their business ideas. The first place winner of the Pitch Competition is eligible for a seat at Capital Factory, a leading entrepreneurial hub in Austin.

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STEP 2 – iChallenge: 商业计划竞赛

Ventures require time, support, and resources. Following the Fall Pitch Competition, students may sign up for the more intensive, iChallenge: 商业计划竞赛 in the spring. This semester-long opportunity gives students the chance to participate in several key events prior to presenting a Business Plan in April. 

  • 见见你的导师- Students will network with Austin Business leaders in a "speed-dating" format to identify a potential mentor, with official mentorship pairings announced at the conclusion of the event. 
  • 建立一个业务, MSB 教师 will present on key components of a business plan.
  • 商业计划竞赛- Students officially present their concept and business plan to a panel of 3-4 judges, with the top 3 winners receiving a monetary prize to help cultivate their business. 

Prize money may be awarded to the top three finalists whose new venture ideas best:

  • Represent potential for success and attracting outside financing
  • Are clearly communicated and presented to the panel of judges

除了奖金, participants receive valuable feedback from judges and prominent members in Austin’s business community. First place winners may be eligible to compete in additional business plan competitions, with financial assistance provided by The Bill Munday School of Business.