Eligibility and Guidelines

All students enrolled in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business and UC's undergraduate and graduate programs are eligible to submit business plans for funding consideration in accordance with the procedures outlined by the Fund's Board of Directors. Students may work individually or with a team of UC students, including students in other UC colleges and units.

Proposals for all types of enterprises, including small or large-scale, high or low-tech, e-commerce or brick-and-mortar, profit and non-profit, will be accepted. Preliminary review will look for evidence of the following criteria:

  • Feasibility of the proposed venture and its prospects for success
  • Strength of the management team's commitment to the venture and their qualifications to make it succeed
  • Prospects for raising additional funding as required
  • Conceptual and/or technical originality and/or social value