The Student Competition is a sub-divison of the SoCo Entrepreneurship Competition. Students from all over the state compete to pitch their business plans to a panel of judges. The intent of the competition is to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and action in the community. All participants have a chance to win prize money and prize packages. The students that present the best business plan in terms of judges' criteria, will receive the grand prize: a scholarship to CSU-P when enrolled in business courses.


Dalton Rudolph - "Cyclone Cinema"

Dalton Rudolph is the mind behind Cyclone Cinema. A current student at Pueblo West High School, his initiative was titled 'Cyclone Cinema'. An opportunity to utilize the newly created auditorium at Pueblo West to showcase movies for the public, allowing the community to enjoy, relax, and have fun. Dalton's project focused on also benefiting the high school by running concessions to help support the school as well. He was the selected winner by the panel of judges, and received the grand prize of $1,000 cash AND a $4,000 to CSU-P for business classes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know before you get started.

What is the SoCo Entrepreneurship Competition?

The SoCo Entrepreneurship Competition is a competition that is extremely competitive as individuals or teams compete to pitch their business plan to be incorporated within the community. The entire competition is split into two divisions. There is the Student Business Plan Competition and the Adult Venture Capitalist Competition. The competitions are both evaluated by a panel of judges who select finalists to take home either a scholarship to CSU-Pueblo and/or venture 'capital' seed money or loans that may be redeemable when the entrepreneur opens their business.

How do I register?

You can register by clicking the red button in the blue banner that says "REGISTER HERE TO COMPETE" at the bottom of this webpage.

Is the competition free?

For the Student division of the competition, entry to the competition is free, however, registration is REQUIRED.

What is the eligibility requirements for the Student Business Plan Competition?

Be enrolled in a Colorado school. Employees, and family members of employees of Colorado State University Pueblo, Junior Achievement, and any sponsor or partner are allowed to enter and compete if (1) they meet the aforementioned school eligibility criterion, and (2) this relationship is disclosed at the time of competition registration. Failure to disclose this relationship will result in disqualification of the entry. Also, be enrolled in present school year. Complete registration on the website by the assigned date in the home page. Follow “Rules of Submission” and submit business plan entries via electronic drop box on the website by the assigned date in the home page. Registration is free for entrants in the student division, but requires name, age, email address, mailing address, telephone number and respective school, the participant is currently enrolled/attending

What are the deadlines?

Last day to register: CLOSED

Deadlines for Business Plan submissions: CLOSED

Competition Day for Students - April 6th, 2018

Location: Centennial High School @ 5:00pm

Getting Started

Register here to be entered into the SoCo Entrepreneurship Competition.