University of Southern California

Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition

Application Process

Each team wishing to participate in MEPC should submit an application online.
  1. All applications should be submitted by October 6, 2013
  2. The initial applications should be in the form of a short business plan summary and be limited to three pages describing the ideas, the team members, and market opportunity.

Deadlines:

2014 MEPC - Key Dates
Information Session (Presentation)Tuesday, Sept 17th, 2pm-3pm, EEB 248
Pre-proposal Application Deadline Sunday October 6, 2013 (midnight)
Notification of Acceptance Friday, October 25, 2013
MEPC Kick-off Event Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Five (5) MEPC Lectures December 2013-February 2014
Written Biz-Plan Blueprint (7-pages) March 3rd, 2014 (midnight)
Semi-Finals (5-minute pitch) March 11th, 2014
Finals (5-minute pitch) April 10th, 2014


Rules

MEPC Rules.
  1. Each team must have at least one key member who is currently either a graduate or undergraduate student at the VSoE.
  2. No student may serve as the qualifying student, as described above, for more than one team.
  3. There is no entry fee.
  4. Each team shall not submit more than one business plan per grand challenge.
  5. The subject of the business plan must be the original idea of that particular team or a member thereof.
  6. If a team is found to have submitted an idea that is not original, it will be disqualified.
  7. Teams may not consist of more than five members, but can be as few as one member.
  8. Teams may not accept any institutional funding specifically intended to fund their business plan ideas prior to the judging competition However, students are permitted to accept tuition support, not related to their business plan ideas, from institutions.
  9. Teams may not accept any non-institutional funding, initially, in excess of $50,000.
  10. Teams must register online before the application deadline to be considered for this competition.
  11. All USC student participants should be in good-standing.
  12. The proposed company may not yet be incorporated but if so should not have been incorporated more than 1 year prior to the application deadline.
For further questions and clarifications, please contact MEPC@vsoe.usc.edu.