The previous SMU Business Plan Competition will now be replaced by the new Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship Club (CGEC) Business Accelerator Program. This program will provide SMU students (both undergraduate and graduate students from across all departments) and recently graduate SMU alumni entrepreneurs the opportunity to take a business venture from idea to product launch. This intense and enriching 6-month program offers a unique combination of immersive workshops, mentorship, as well as access to a wealth of entrepreneurial and investor networks. The program is designed to accelerate ideas, technologies, products, or existing businesses into a thriving market by providing support and hands-on mentorship. This program features two competitions; (1) a Semi-Finalist Elevator Pitch Competition that awards non-dilutive pre-seed funding and in-kind donations up to $10,000 and (2) a Finalist SMU Startup Launch competition that awards over $50,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
- Announcement of Finalists: February 7, 2022
- SMU Startup Launch Competition: March 25, 2022
- Winners Announced at Investors Dinner: March 25, 2022
- Application Deadline: September 9, 2022 by 11:59 pm CST
The SMU Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship Club, founded in 2000, is a student-led organization dedicated to promoting innovation within the SMU community. The Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship club fosters opportunities for student club members to achieve their goals of starting and launching a viable business, exploring venture capital interest, supporting a startup, or inspiring entrepreneurial thinking. The Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship club provides members with resources, hands-on support from the SMU entrepreneurship community, mentorship, and support from the Dallas startup community.
congratulations Seun Suberu - Founder of College Plus, and 1st Place Winner!
Listen To Our Podcast with Valecia Harris - President, CGEC
Announcing the partnership with kNEXTis and BCN
We are proud to announce our new partnership with SMU Cox School of Business. Over the next few months we will be covering the new Business Accelerator Program and showcasing the finalists in the SMU Startup Launch competition.
The Cox Graduate Entrepreneurship Club is excited to announce the Finalists for the 2022 SMU Startup Launch Competition Finalists
We look forward to seeing the work each team and founders will bring to this program. Congratulations!
Adam Siepker | OrcaChat, LLC | SMU Alumni ’20- Undergraduate
Elias Elleffsen | Spiked | SMU Graduate Student- Cox MBA
Hunter Gore | Horizon’s Edge | SMU Alumni ’21- MS Engineering
Irewole Akande |City Health Tech Inc | SMU Graduate Student – Cox MBA
Jude Lugo |Commerce Navigator | SMU Undergraduate Student
Katie Lewis | Borrow | SMU Graduate Student- Cox MBA
Madison McMahan |The Social Panacea |SMU Undergraduate Student
Phillip Truppeli |Principia Technologies | MS Engineering
Seun Suberu | College Plus | SMU Undergraduate Student
Sonia Saeed | spotBOX, LLC | SMU UndergraduateStudent
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