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Wednesday, November 25th 2015

LeanModel™ Start-up Competition

Open to Students from Four-Year Universities GLOBALLY.

San Diego State University (SDSU) and the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center are thrilled to announce the 4th annual LeanModel™ Competition hosted on Friday March 4th and Saturday March 5th, 2016 on the SDSU campus! The LeanModel™ Competition is not a traditional business plan competition, it is designed to assist and reward student based start-ups that utilize both a solid business model and customer testing mentality.

The LeanModel™ Competition is a regional qualifier competition for the International Business Model Competition held at Brigham Young University. The winner of this competition bypasses the At-Large Round and is granted an automatic slot in the Semifinal Round of the international competition!

The Application to Compete is Now Open!

Click Here to Download the Registration Form


2015 1st place team- Course Key, SDSU

In the true world of the entrepreneurial start-up, it is not the business plan that leads to success. An oft-quoted term from venture capitalists is that, "As soon as the business plan is written, it is obsolete." We believe that early on, the start-up must move quickly to prototype and test their product or service and that customer interaction is critical. Too often, teams focus on writing a business plan and never actually interact with their target customers.

The LeanModel™ Competition rewards students for identifying and defining assumptions, testing those assumptions in the marketplace, and then pivoting their business model based on customer interactions. Unfamiliar with the business model canvas? Check out "Business Model Generation" by Alexander Osterwalder. Check out "Business Model Generation" by Alexander Osterwalder.

This new competition was influenced by Lean Start-up (Eric Ries) and Business Model Generation (Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur). If you have questions regarding this competition or want to compete please contact Kathryn Boyles at or call the Lavin Center at 619-594-2781.

This event is supported in part of Platinum Level Sponsor, Torrey Pines Bank, Gold Level Sponsor, Union Bank, Gold Level Sponsor, Ernst and Young, and Bronze Level Sponsor, Niki Krutop.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor:

Torrey Pines bank

Gold Sponsor:

Union bank

Gold Sponsor:

Ernst & Yound

LeanModel™ Start-up Competition

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The Lavin Entrepreneurship Center at San Diego State University serves SDSU students, entrepreneurs and business leaders through entrepreneurial curriculum, workshops, internships, resources and events. For information browse the Programs section of our website, subscribe to the Lavin Center Calendar and sign up for the Center's Entrepreneurial Fuel Newsletter. Entrepreneur resources such as the Lavin Center resume guide, marketing and business planning tools and more can be found in the Resources section of our site.

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