The Miclot Business Plan Competition

Thanks to an endowment by Andy and Sharlene Miclot of Winona Lake, IN, The Ron Rubin School for the Entrepreneur’s Miclot Business Plan Competition provides Culver students with a realistic competition requiring teamwork, collaboration, and field research, under the guidance of a mentor entrepreneur.

Big Year for Cadet Zhang—wins both Elevator and Miclot!

Big Year for Cadet Zhang—wins both Elevator and Miclot!

Charles Zhang’s ‘Channel Abroad’ wins ’16 Miclot Business Plan Competition

2015 Winners

L to R – Rayford Dexter El II, Sam Concannon, Josh Thompkins – VisSig is a visual identification electronic system to protect credit card integrity.

2015 1st Runner Up

L to R – Lauren Hutchison, Daniel Prescott – TrashOut CashOut provides catering and clean-up for campus social functions.

2015 2nd Runner Up

L to R – Miles Clark, Wyatt Clark – RegRec for Scholarship crowdsources recreational attire design with proceeds for scholarships.

2015 Finalists with Judges

Judges L to R – Lara Smith Nicholson, President, EveryWarehouse, Chicago, IL; Kelly Hendricks, CEO, BLASTmedia, Fishers, IN; and Melanie McFaddin, Managing Principal, The McFaddin-Metis Group, Nashville, TN

2014 Winners

Brennan Hussey and Santiago Aguirre, product name – “Studebiker” – a campus wide bicycle rental company.

2014 1st Runner Up

Mitchell Kokko, product name – “Academia” – an educational platform for greater student connectivity.

2014 2nd Runner Up

Kevin Teasdale and Jason Chan, product name “Eagle Drop” – a delivery service for local restaurants to the Culver campus.

2013 Winner

Adam Stathakis (L) and Hayes Barnes. Their company – C4, a website for ambitious people to share goals and keep track of the progress they make.

2013 1st Runner Up

Myriam Navarro (L) and Eugenio Segura. Their company—Solar Aquatic System, a company to manufacture solar pool tiles for energy efficient heating.

2013 2nd Runner Up

Aaron Arvizu (L) and Pete Hamm. Their company—College Web, an online service to help applicants navigate the confusing college application process.

Any Culver student is eligible to compete in the Miclot Business Plan Competition.

Click here for the application and instructions.

A business plan includes a description of the product, company, or service and its market need. Competitive products, companies, or services are assessed, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each competitor. The plan includes the unique selling propositions of the product or service, along with future growth and characteristics of the market.

What is an opportunity assessment?

How do I compete?

You may form a team or compete as an individual. No team may have more than 3 members. Each team must designate a “captain”, and have a mentor-entrepreneur. The mentor-entrepreneur must be an adult with actual business or entrepreneurial experience. A student competing alone must also have a mentor-entrepreneur.

Previous Winners