• California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition
  • California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition

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»California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition


FULL PITCH, FAST PITCH, AND CASE STUDY COMPETITIONS WILL AWARD $250,000 IN PRIZE MONEY AND OTHER NOTABLE PRIZES.

Each April, the best of the best business concepts generated by students in the leading college and university entrepreneurship programs are presented at Chapman University's California Dreamin’ Conference and Competition. Teams representing more than 30 schools from the US and UK are meeting again this year at this prestigious invitation only event to prove that they have the best business concept.


+-2014 Competition Results

Full Pitch Competition
$105,000 Cash and $105,000 Equity Eligibility

First Place:
University of Chicago (Booth) – Simple Mills - $70,000 ($35,000 cash & $35,000 equity eligibility)

Second Place:
Carnegie Mellon University - $50,000 ($25,000 cash & $25,000 equity eligibility)

Finalists:
University of California, Berkeley - $30,000 ($15,000 cash & $15,000 equity eligibility)
University of California, Irvine - $30,000 ($15,000 cash & $15,000 equity eligibility)
University of Houston - $30,000 ($15,000 cash & $15,000 equity eligibility)

Fast Pitch Competition
$25,000 of Cash Awards

First Place:
University of Oklahoma - $10,000

Second Place:
Stanford University - $ 6,000
 
Finalists:

Cornell University - $ 3,000
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) - $ 3,000
University of Texas at Dallas - $ 3,000

Case Competition
$15,000 of Cash Awards

First Place:
University of Oklahoma - $5,000

Second Place:
Baylor University - $4,000

Finalists:
Loyola Marymount University - $2,000
University of Utah - $2,000
University of California, San Diego - $2,000

For a full description of these business ideas and products, visit our results page.

+-Participating Schools

Arizona State University
Baylor University
Brigham Young University
California State University Fullerton
California State University San Bernardino
Cambridge University
Carnegie Mellon University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College
Colorado University, Boulder
Cornell University
Loyola Marymount University
Oklahoma State University
Pepperdine University
Stanford University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Hawaii
University of Houston
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Utah
University of Washington
Willamette University

+-2014 Judges

Judge Organization
Ajit Singh ARTIMAN
Allan May Life Science Angels
Amir Banifatemi Tech Coast Angels
Andre Gueziec Band of Angels
Andy Horowitz Horowitz Group
Bart Greenberg HaynesBoone
Bernd Christiansen Citrix
Brian Liu LegalZoom
Bruce Hallett Miramar Digital Ventures
Chirag Chotalia Pritzker Group
Dan Weinfurter Entrepreneur
David Carter Amplify
Dick Dadamo RJD
Don Bailey Questcor
Don Kasle Tech Coast Angels
Frank Willemsen Sand Hill Angels
Glenn Stearns Stearns
Hans Imhof Tech Coast Angels
James Chapman Bingham McCutchen
Jamie Montgomery March Capital Partners
Jeff Kearl Stance
Jerry Cwiertnia Poly Tek Protection Systems
Jim Connor Sand Hill Angels
Jim Wilson JMP
Jimmy Peterson Microsemi
Joe Lowzowski Tangram
Joe McHugh City National Bank
John Hall Sand Hill Angels
John Harbison Tech Coast Angels
John Murphy Tech Coast Angels
Jon Elliott Angel Investor
Karen Jaffee Tech Coast Angels
Karl Mehta Menlo Ventures
Ken Baker Tech Coast Angels
Kevin Dunlap Shea Ventures
Kevin O'Connor FindTheBest
Kevin Plumbs Future Benefits
Kirsten Mangers ChickLabs
Lana Ware Entrepreneur
Marc Alcser Straddling
Matt Bailey Edgefort Capital
Matt Lawson Ventanna Capital Management
Matt McAll Pritzker Group
Matt Mcrae Vizio
Michael Coffman Toba Capital
Rudy Baldoni Newport Investment Associates
Scott Davis Derma Tech
Scott Lien Innovation Accelerated
Sergio Gurrieri Tech Coast Angels-SanDiego
Steve Block Tech Coast Angels
Steve Flaim Tech Coast Angels
Steven LitchField Microsemi
Ted Sapountizis Band of Angels
Trisha Gross Angel Investor

+-Venture Capital and Angel Partners

In addition to the monetary prizes, the Full Pitch finalists are guaranteed screenings with three of our Venture Capital firm partners, including:

Thank You To Our Angel Partners Including:

+-2015 Event Dates

The next California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition will be held on April 25th and 26th, 2015.

+-Find Us On Social Media

Find us on Twitter: @ChapmanLaunch

Follow the competition: #cadreamin

  • Include #cadreamin in all of your tweets about the competition 
  • Search #cadreamin in Twitter to follow the conversation and see what others are tweeting
  • Ask questions and respond to others using #cadreamin 
  • Have fun and enjoy!

+-Press

In its third year, Chapman University’s invite-only California Dreamin’ Business Plan Competition continues to grow — both in number of participating universities and in prize money, making it the second largest university business plan competition plan in the nation. The competition purse is $250,000 of cash and equity investment in addition to in-kind products, up from $230,000 last year; and 35 schools are invited this year, up from 29 schools last year. The competition takes place over two days starting April 25th.

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The top prize for the event overall went to the team from University of Chicago for their company Simple Mills. Other finalists included Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Irvine, and University of Houston.

Learn More >>


Media Contact

Sheri Ledbetter
Public Relations Specialist, Chapman University
(714) 289-3143

+-Questions?

Please contact Nicole Cooper at (714) 744-7870 or ncooper@chapman.edu
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Microsemi
Title sponsor Microsemi

VIP Reception & Team Accomodations sponsor Ghost

Fast Pitch Sponsor Tarsadia Foundation

Case Competition Track Sponsor Kay Family Foundation

Judges Hospitality Room Sponsor Vizio

Kick-off Lunch Sponsor Citrix