Big Money for Student Ventures
MU Office of Research and Economic Development newsletter, February 2019 
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2018-19 Entrepreneur Quest

Applications due October 29, 2018.  APPLY HERE


Workshop Locations: Ellis Library Room 114A (Pizza provided each evening.  Bring a water bottle!)

Past Information Session(s):

  • September 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – General Information Session

  • October 1, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Business Model Canvas | Pre-Assessment

This is a list of books appearing on one of Bonnie Bachman’s final slides and one mentioned by Bill Turpin (MU) after her                    presentation (Competing against luck: the story of innovation and customer choice).

                Startup owner’s manual by Steve Blank


Four steps to the epiphany by Steve Blank

2013 edition

2007 edition

Business model generation: a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers by Alexander Osterwalder


2010 ed.

Value proposition design: how to create products and services customers want by Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, Gregory Bernarda, & Alan Smith


Talking to humans: success starts with understanding your customers by Giff Constable with Frank Rimalovski


MU (ebook)

The lean startup: how today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses by Eric Ries


MU (ebook – limited to one user at a time)

The startup way: how modern companies use entrepreneurial management to transform culture and drive long-term growth by Eric Ries


MU (ebook – limited to one user at a time; please logout when finished)

Disciplined entrepreneurship: 24 steps to help entrepreneurs launch successful new ventures by Bill Aulet

MU (ebook)

Disciplined entrepreneurship workbook by Bill Aulet. [NOTE:  this wasn’t listed on the slide.]


Change by design: how design thinking transforms organizations and inspires innovation by Tim Brown with Barry Katz


  • October 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Essentials of a Business Plan

The Business Plan – The Compass rev2

  • October 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – How to Pitch your Venture and the Application Process

               Application and Pitch Guidelines

               Session Recording

               Elevator Pitch Evaluation Matrix


  • Award Money
    • 1st Place: $15,000
    • 2nd Place: $10,000
    • 3rd Place: $5,000
  • 8-week education program for TOP 10 Mizzou semifinalists
  • Mentorship from executives, industry leaders, investors, and subject matter experts
  • Mizzou Pitch competition
  • Champion Round run by UM System at Entrepreneurial Educator Summit in Columbia, MO in the spring
  • Each participant/team has the opportunity to compete in 2 Demo Days & win up to $30,000


  • Put in your best efforts and submit a strong application
  • Keep deadlines and show up
  • Attend and Participate in spring curriculum sessions if chosen for the program
  • Excel at Spring Demo Day
  • Spring Entrepreneurial Educator Summit attendance is mandatory for winners

EQ Application Questions

Applications due October 29, 2018.  APPLY HERE

Venture Research Resources 

Primary Contact:  Dr. Greg Bier
Cornell Hall 304C