Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship


Since 2001, Marquette’s Business Plan Competition has spawned hundreds of business plans, and many entrants have started successful enterprises. 2013 was the inaugural year of ImpactNext, an updated format designed to be beneficial to entrepreneurs in any stage of their business model planning.

ImpactNext is open to Marquette University undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty/staff, and community members with ideas that will foster job growth in the economically distressed areas.

ImpactNext focuses on the development of business models and – more specifically – the customer discovery and validation of those models.  No lengthy written business plan is required!

Press coverage of Business Plan Competition winners

View Past Business Plan Competition Keynote Speakers

Websites of past Business Plan Competition Winners

  • Hyde Wingman
    A new type of lifejacket for adventure sports
  • FocalCast
    A mobile application that allows mobile users to present PowerPoints from their tablet or smartphone directly to a Chromecast or wireless display
  • That Salsa Lady
    A Milwaukee venture dedicated to bringing fresh food to urban neighborhoods
  • BoothTag
    A mobile app that motivates conference attendees to participate, circulate & engage with exhibitors and each other!
  • ZoomShift
    Making employee scheduling as simple as possible
  • The Ability Center
    A fitness, athletic, recreation and wellness facility specifically designed for those with disabilities and inclusive of their friends, families, and the able-bodied public.
  • Promentis Pharmaceuticals
    Pharmaceutical company developing novel compounds for the treatment of schizophrenia and other central nervous system disorders