Culver’s Business Model Competition

The Culver’s Business Model Competition is the Center’s signature annual competition, providing the university’s most talented student entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for seed funding and exclusive access to venture development resources.

The competition accepts ideas in any stage of development – from initial idea to already operational businesses. It is open to ventures led by any student or student team enrolled at UW Oshkosh (Oshkosh, Fox Cities, or Fond du Lac).

Students accepted to compete will have 4 minutes to present their business model, followed by 2 minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges. 


Over $25,000 in cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists! In addition, the top two finalists qualify to compete in The Pitch. The overall winner earns the opportunity to compete in the WI Big Idea Tournament (WBIT).

1st Place: $5,000 Cash + In-Kind Services
2nd Place: $3,500 Cash + In-Kind Services
3rd Place: $1,500 Cash + In-Kind Services

The People’s Choice Award will be voted on by your peers via social media. Use hashtag #UWOBMC22 to join the conversation.


  • Student businesses can vary from an initial idea to a concept that has been recently developed. All types of startups and ideas are accepted.
  • Students from any college or major are welcome to apply.
  • Must be enrolled at UW Oshkosh – Oshkosh, Fox Cities, or Fond du Lac.
  • Prior winners are not eligible to participate with the same business.


  • Application Deadline: Sunday, February 13th at 11:59 p.m.
  • Announcement of Contestants: 3-5 days after applications close
  • Business Model Competition: Thursday, March 10th, 6-8 p.m.

Grand Prize ($10,000): Prexo
Abbie Merrill, Ian McDonald
A mobile app that allows for users to get notifications on executive orders as they are signed, engage with other users, and contact congressional representatives.

2nd Place ($5,000): TapTech Systems
Dakota Swank
An interactive, automated beer tap system with RFID technology that allows users to browse, select, and pour their own beverages without a bartender.

3rd Place ($2,500): Grace Farms
Kaila Vander Wielen
A long-term residential therapy farm for survivors of human trafficking. In addition to group and solo therapy sessions, residents will spend their time making soap and growing sustainably farmed, organic produce.

People’s Choice Award:
Divine Beauty LLC Rebecca Dailey



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