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Venture Challenge™

International MBA business plan competition

Venture Challenge Transformed into LeanModel Competition

For more than 20 years, SDSU has showcased the Venture Challenge Competition for next generation companies and provided students from around the world an opportunity to seek investment for their business ideas. Because we place great value in providing students with the most innovative and pragmatic experiential learning opportunities, Venture Challenge has transformed in the LeanModel Competition. This new "business model" based competition focuses much more attention to testing your assumptions and getting customer feedback in the early days of the startup.

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For more than 20 years, Venture Challenge has showcased next generation companies. This innovative international graduate business plan competition gives graduate students from around the world an opportunity to seek investment in their business ideas. The event draws student teams from top global universities and provides them with a forum to present to potential investors and to earn more than $25,000 in awards. A distinguished panel of experts from entrepreneurial companies, venture capital firms, investors and service providers judge the entries over the three day competition and provide valuable feedback to the teams.

The Venture Challenge™ Exhibit Fair, Semi-Finalist and Finalist presentations are open to the public and the campus and business communities are encouraged to attend. By providing experiential learning opportunities for its students, SDSU has achieved national recognition and has been designated a top program for entrepreneurs by Inc., Entrepreneur, and U.S. News & World Report magazines.

Supported through the philanthropy of dedicated donors such as Qualcomm, Inc., SDSU alumni and community support, Venture Challenge™ welcomes your participation and sponsorship.

Read the Recap of Venture Challenge 2012.

If you have additional questions, contact Lavin Center Director Bernhard Schroeder at

Entrepreneurship Distinction
  • Top 20 in the nation among universities for entrepreneurs in the U.S.
  • Top 25 list of "America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs."
  • Top 30 in entrepreneurship according to U.S. News & World Report.
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~ Jerry Halamuda, SDSU'72
   President and Founder
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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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