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Entrepreneurial Idea Award

Supporting student entrepreneurs with innovative ideas

The Whitman Entrepreneurial Idea Award is sponsored by Jeffrey A. Linowes '77, co-founder and principal of The Ad Solution, Inc. and hosted by the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship.

We are looking for the next great business idea from Whitman School of Management students who have recently started or who plan to start their own venture. A cash prize of $4,000 will be given to the student/team that best fits the criteria listed below.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive the Idea Award:

  • Students earning a degree from the Whitman School of Management (major or minor) at the undergraduate level
  • Entrants must complete a two-page pitch proposal outlining: what the idea is (product/service), and why will the product/service be successful; application should include a marketing plan, overall strategy for success, and how this will be better or different if there is a similar product/service on the market,
  • Winner must attend the annual Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony that will be held at the Whitman School of Management on April 16th
  • You may enter as a team or an individual


Please submit your 2-page pitch proposal as outlined above using this online registration form:


The award winner will be notified by April 11th. Finalists may be interviewed by members of the Idea Award search committee.

Seed money

Thanks to a donation from Jeffrey A. Linowes '77, Whitman is able to award $4,000 in startup/seed money to the new venture idea that represents the best potential for growth and development and exhibits creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

For more information

Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship in Whitman School of Management
phone: 315-443-6899