Top Ram Competition

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Prizes totaling more than $1000, including the Matt Glass Award for Entrepreneurship!

Other prizes include the Business Model Innovation and People’s Choice Award.

Competition take place December 7
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Field DEC Center Forum
*All submissions are due by November 22, 2017

The Top Ram Business Model Competition allows students to pitch their innovative business model in a bid to be the Top Ram. The winner of the Top Ram competition will demonstrate an innovative, impactful and viable business model. This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students (individual or group).

Students have 5-7 minutes to make a presentation of their business model. This can be PowerPoint or other format that tells their story effectively, leveraging the subject matter in a business model canvass.

Who can enter:

  • Any student with an idea for a business
  • Undergrad students enrolled in DEC Business Models can submit their final projects as long as it meets the general criteria.
  • Graduate students in MBA Business Models courses can submit their final projects as long as it meets the general criteria.
  • Students not enrolled in a Business Model class who wish to enter must sign up for at least one coaching session with the Blackstone LaunchPad.

How to Enter:

  1. Come up with a product/service idea that could be a business (you may use your capstone or project from class).
  2. Develop a business model canvas and executive summary for your idea.
    1. In your executive summary, please make sure you address these questions:
      1. What problem are you solving?
      2. What is your solution and what inspired it?
      3. Describe product or service idea
      4. Target audience (Who do you think your customer is)
      5. Competitors (What are your customers currently using to solve this problem)
  3. Fill out application at and attach your business model canvas , executive summary and presentation, if ready.
  4. Submit your application



  • Fill out your profile and input your idea into Ideator:
  • Add your idea to the collection: Top Ram
  • Attend DesignYourFuture workshops in DEC 101 every Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
  • OR schedule a coaching session with us in Ideator (Click People -> Then filter by Venture Coach)

All submissions are due by November 22, 2016.
*Finalists will be announced December 1st.

For questions or extra coaching to create a compelling business model canvas contact .



2015 Top Ram winner: Renee Kakareka ’16, won for her assistive technology company Olive Devices. She was accepted to the Angel Venture Fair the following semester and went on to win $5,000 in the JAZ Tank pitch competition. She soon will have a prototype ready for her smart glasses to help the hearing impaired.


2016 Top Ram Winner: physician assistant studiessophomore Amanda McCreight for Mark Your Map, an app that allows people to map their footprints around the world and organize their trip memories. Inspired by her love of travel, she received $1,500 and three months of office space from Make Offices for winning the Top Ram Matt Glass Award. “This has given me the confidence to continue moving forward and pursuing this idea,” McCreight said.