Rules and Eligibility

The competition is open to students from any school (any city), alumni and the public.  You do not need to be a business major to apply.  This is a team-based competition (teams can range from 1-8 individuals). An individual may be a member of a maximum of TWO competition entries (judged separately on each) but may only be on ONE finalist team. Team members may come from anywhere, subject to the restrictions and eligibility requirements below.

  • Anyone may participate in the Inspire or Ideate stages of the competition. But, if your entry is selected to be one of the finalist teams on the start-up venture track, your team must include at least one currently enrolled UD student (in any undergraduate or graduate degree program), or at least one alumni who has earned a UD degree (graduate or undergraduate). If your entry is selected to be one of the finalist teams on the Greater West Dayton Social Venture Track, your venture MUST have an affiliation with the Greater West Dayton Incubator.

    • Teams cannot include students who are currently serving a University disciplinary suspension.

    • An individual may be a member of a maximum of two (2) competition entries (judged separately on each) but may only be on one (1) finalist team.

    • Team rosters may be modified (members added or dropped) up to the start of the Iterate stage of the competition. After that, no roster changes are permitted. Anyone initially submitted as a team member must agree in writing to be dropped. 

    • All finalist team members must appear at the finalist competition presentations though not all are required to speak. Finalist team members who fail to attend finalist presentations will forfeit all prize money winnings over 10%, which will not be shared among the remaining members.

  • By entering the Flyer Pitch Competition, participants acknowledge that funds awarded by the competition are intended for purposes of funding the business concept entered.

    • If a team wants prize monies to be paid to a company or non-profit, then firm ID and tax numbers must be submitted upon acceptance into the competition.

    • Everyone on the roster at the Iterate stage, is guaranteed a minimum of 10% of the prize package. Unless written documentation is provided stating otherwise (signed by all team members), prize money is split evenly among all team members.

  • By entering the Flyer Pitch Competition, applicants agree to allow the University of Dayton to use their application materials, photos, likenesses, and presentations to market, promote, and provide information about the Competition.

  • By entering the Flyer Pitch Competition, participants acknowledge that they must conform to the technology specifications detailed by the competition for the submission of competition materials (e.g., PowerPoint, document, etc. submissions). Further, while the competition will work to ensure proper technology functioning throughout the competition, we do not guarantee it.

  • Any submission that is deemed discriminatory in nature will be automatically disqualified. 

Project and Idea Eligibility Guidelines


The competition reserves the right to disqualify business plans that fail to adhere to competition rules or are inconsistent with the values and mission of the University of Dayton as a Catholic institution of higher education. The following guidelines were created to clarify what is and is not acceptable for the competition. Each entry is vetted by members of the competition eligibility committee, who make the final determination whether or not the entry meets acceptable guidelines.

  • All work must be the original work of the applicants--proposals and plans that- constitute “academic dishonesty” will be disqualified even if discovered after the competition ends.

  • If the application involves an existing venture, major start-up event (e.g. first sales) dates should be 30 months old or newer, at the time of the competition's launch. Researching the business and discussing it with others are not generally considered major start-up events.

  • All plans must be based on a legitimate business enterprise--ventures that involve breaking the law as part of their business model are prohibited (e.g., music piracy).

  • Plans or any venture that involves a liquor license to be legal, or whose primary purpose is the promotion or sale of alcohol, are prohibited. Plans that conflict with University values are prohibited--these include, but are not limited to, plans involving:

    • Payday loan/check cashing companies

    • Gambling

    • Events/activities featuring violence

    • Pornography

  • All plans must be startups--purchasing a current venture, including Business Opportunities and Franchises, is prohibited.

  • Plans involving pyramid-based marketing are prohibited.