Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship

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ImpactNext continues the mission of the entrepreneurial spirit that began in 2001 with the Marquette University’s Business Plan Competition, which has fostered hundreds of business plans, and many entrants have gone on to start successful enterprises. In 2013, the competition was updated to focus on the development and validation of the business model canvas which is now considered to be the fundamental building blocks of venture creation.

Save the date!
April 21, 2016
Opus Engineering 4th floor
4:30 – 5:30 P.M. Networking & appetizers
5:30 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Live pitches & awards

Eligibility & Application Process

ImpactNext is open to Marquette undergraduate and graduate students. Students are required to attend a minimum of 1 workshop to apply. Students are required to fill out the online application and submit a business model canvas. The top 10 applications will be invited to make a 3 minute live pitch in front of an audience April 21, 2016. All applicants are welcome to attend the networking event and can request a booth to promote their venture.


  • 1st place award: $5,000
  • 2nd place award: $2,500
  • 3rd place award: $1,000
  • Keen Entrepreneurial Mindset Award – Automatic acceptance to the Keen summer accelerator program at Marquette University


  • Application Open – March 15
  • Application Closes – April 3
  • Finalists Notified (10) – April 6
  • Live pitch and networking event – April 21


Three workshops will lead up to final pitch event. Applicants are required to attend a minimum of one workshop to apply. Each workshop is available online for students who are unable to attend in person.

  • Business Model Canvas 101
    Leader: John Peterson, Instructor, Management
    In this Business Model Canvas workshop, you’ll learn how to frame and answer key questions about a business model and its execution.
  • Storyboarding: The Art of Communicating your Message
    Leader: Linda Menck, Professional in Residence, Strategic Communication
    Effective presentations walk the viewer through a story. In this session, we will cover how to develop, organize, and clearly articulate the story of your idea or company.
  • How to Create a Killer Pitch
    Leader: Dr. Alex Milovic, Assistant Professor, College of Business
    This workshop covers the nuts and bolts of creating a convincing pitch presentation. Topics discussed include: creating strong content, revamping your visuals, and dominating your delivery.