How to Apply
Deadline: April 1, 2014 by 11:59 pm
The Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative (ESEI) seeks to encourage entrepreneurially oriented students to develop and grow new ventures based on their own concepts.
Three Easy Steps to Apply
3. Upload your finished proposal(s) to the competition via the iStart platform by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
PLEASE NOTE: Each individual proposal must be linked to different emails. See the New Venture Application Form linked on the left-hand side of this page for detailed instructions. Be sure to allow at least 30 to 40 minutes to complete the iStart application process prior to the deadline.
Venture and Team Eligibility Guidelines
• The Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative is open to all students across the university. The team lead of the venture must be an ASU student at time of award. This means that seniors graduating in May are eligible and encouraged to apply as the venture can be worked on after graduation.
• The team leader can be enrolled in any ASU program as either an undergraduate or graduate student.
Nature of Ventures
If you are unable to attend an in-person workshop or office hours, you may view the “how to apply to Edson” video on the Resources section of the Startup Bowl web page.
Start developing your new venture concept
After attending one of the Application Workshops and finding a team, start developing your venture concept. Be sure to review the judging criteria, as well as the rules for use of funds.
Seek advisors and/or mentors
Once a general plan has been developed, seek out advice from those familiar with your chosen industry, both on and off campus.
Submit your New Venture Concept Proposal and Team Application
EDSON STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR INITIATIVE 2014 TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting an Application and New Venture Concept Proposal (“the Proposal”) to the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative (“the Initiative”), each applicant listed above agrees to the following conditions:
· Each team member has reviewed the Initiative Guidelines and agrees to abide by the Guidelines. Failure to do so will result in entry disqualification and/or forfeiture of funds.
· It is the team’s responsibility to protect any highly confidential or trade secret information. Proposals will be handled confidentially. The legal protection of the ideas and plans submitted by the applicants to the Initiative is otherwise the sole responsibility of the applicants.
· Once submitted, the Concept Proposals become part of the Initiative and will not be returned. Applicants are advised to keep their own copies for reference.
· All decisions made by the judges on all matters relating to the Initiative will be final and not open to appeal or negotiation.
· The Initiative reserves the unrestricted right to interpret these rules, and to alter, amend or change them, at its discretion.
· Each Applicant understands that the Initiative’s co-sponsors, judges, mentors, co-organizers (the “Initiative Officials”) and its directors, officers, partners, employees, consultants and agents (collectively “Organizer Representatives”) are volunteers. In consideration for their time, expertise and other resources, each Applicant hereby voluntarily releases the Initiative, each Initiative Official and each Organizing Representative from any further liabilities, responsibilities, and accountabilities relating to or arising out of such Officials or Organizer Representative's participation in the Initiative.
After Proposals are Submitted
All proposals submitted on time that meet qualifications will be reviewed and select proposals will be advanced to the semifinalist round. Semifinalists will go through a second review process, from this pool a group of finalists will be selected to present in mid-May 2014. Please do not contact the Edson office regarding your proposal status. Emails will be sent to team leaders providing status on the team’s advancement to the next round.
Prepare for finalist presentations
Selected finalists will be invited to give presentations to an ESEI judging panel in mid-May 2014. Upon completion of the presentations, the judging panel will make their award decisions based on the written proposals and presentations.