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California Dreaming 2016

The California Dreamin’ Competition strives to simulate the real-world process of starting a business and seeking start-up funding, while also providing constructive feedback to all competing teams to better help them achieve their goals.

The contest is by invitation only;  the invitation to compete is extended to participating schools, and the schools decide which team to send to the competition by whatever means they choose, be it an internal business plan competition, in-school incubator selection, student entrepreneur group choice, or other approach.

Schools that make it to the 2nd round of the Investor Presentation are excluded from the Business Narrative Competition. The five finalists of the Investor Presentation are excluded from participating in the Fast Pitch. This means 15 schools can walk away with cash.

+ - Competition Results

Follow the links below to see the winners of the California Dreamin' Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition for each year.

+ - Rules and Requirements for Competing Teams

+ - Application Materials and Deadlines

California Dreamin’ is by invitation only. In January of each year, the invitation to compete is extended to participating schools, and the schools decide which team to send to the competition by whatever means they choose, be it an internal business plan competition, in-school incubator selection, student entrepreneur group choice, or other approach. In March, the invited schools will receive a link to file their online application.

If you are a student team from a University that will be attending California Dreamin’, please reach out to your school’s entrepreneurship center for details on your school’s selection process.

If you are a student team or a University representative, and are interested in receiving an invitation but have not received one, please email Alex Jewett at ajewett@chapman.edu. While space is limited, we will carefully consider all participation requests.

If you are from a University that has already received an invite, please see the California Dreamin' application details.

+ - Prizes

  • We are excited to announce that IOC Ventures, a tech investment fund here in Orange County, will be the Lead Sponsor for this year's California Dreamin' Competition. IOC Ventures is looking to invest a total of $150,000 in the winning teams! Upon qualification, they will make investments in 3 of the finalists: one investment of $75,000, one investment of $50,000, and one investment of $25,000. This is an amazing opportunity for teams to get connected not only with equity funding, but also with a wealth of resources including mentors, in-house experts, a community of startups, and operating technology.

  • One of the winning team leaders will be awarded a $7,000 scholarship to Draper

  • University's summer program in entrepreneurship, located in Silicon Valley. This will give the winning student a chance to develop entrepreneurship and leadership skills, and work on his/her startup with other young entrepreneurs.

  • We are partnering with 3 highly prestigious Angel groups: OC Tech Coast Angels, Private Capital Network, and ArchAngels. Each group is looking to offer at least one screening slot to competition finalists.

  • EyeOnBusiness Innovation, a cable television show that airs in over 6 million homes across the country, will offer a television interview to one of the winning teams.

  • Microsemi, semiconductor manufacturer and long-standing supporter of California Dreamin', will again offer cash prizes to all of our place winners.


+ - Competition Tracks

The goals of the Competition are threefold: To win the prize money, become eligible for equity investment, and to have the opportunity to get Angels, Venture Capitalists, and other investors interested in your business.

There are no limits as to how many students from the team can present. Business casual or full business attire is acceptable. Please see the three Competition Tracks.

+ - Competition Schedule

Day One Schedule: Friday April 22nd, 2016

10:00 a.m. Board bus from hotel to Competition

11:00 a.m. Check-in and facility tours

12:00 p.m. Welcome Lunch and Keynote Panel with Jesse Draper

2:00 p.m. Round 1- Full-Pitch Investor Presentation Competition

5:30 p.m. Reception for all participants and announcement of Semi-Finalists

Day Two Schedule: Saturday April 23rd, 2016

8:00 a.m. Board bus from hotel to competition

9:00 a.m. Check-in 

9:30 a.m. Track 1: Round 2 - Full-Pitch Investor Presentation Competition

9:30 a.m. Track 2: Business Narrative Competition

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Announcement of Finalists

1:30 p.m. Track 1: Final Round - Full-Pitch Investor Presentation Competition

1:30 p.m. Track 2: Fast Pitch Competition

5:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

+ - Keynote Panel: Jesse Draper

Jesse Draper, Tech Investor and Creator & Host of Emmy Nominated Series, The Valley Girl Show will be leading a panel of female entrepreneurs to kick off the Competition.

Jesse Draper has produced and distributed over 300 interviews with some of the greatest minds in business, entertainment and technology including; Ted Turner, Mark Cuban, Sheryl Sandberg, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Jessica Alba, MC Hammer and Eric Schmidt. After successfully hosting her talk show online for 6 years, Jesse has expanded her influence with a new television series on CBS KPIX in Northern California, that has an initiative to interview 50% women in business.

+ - Accommodations

We will provide two hotels rooms per night at the Double Tree (by the Hilton, in Orange CA) for three nights from Thursday April 21st through Saturday April 23rd for out of state teams. Northern California schools will receive two hotel rooms per night for two nights from Friday April 22 through Saturday April 23. In addition, if an out of state school or northern California school sends a faculty member, we will also offer that faculty member a free hotel room.

Each University is responsible for transportation and airfare for their team and faculty to and from Orange County. Chapman will provide transportation between the Competition and the Hotel.

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