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Empower Your Dreams

Competition held March 31st - April 1st

Up to $36,000 in prizes!

The Biggest Entrepreneurial Competition of the Year

The Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship sponsors the 2022 Empower Your Dreams Competition. The competition empowers students to build confidence, have experiences, network, expand opportunities, and have a positive impact. There are no registration fees to enter the competition. 

The judging will specifically focus on the sustainability of the business principles, the value proposition of the idea, and presentation skill. 

Up to $36,000 will be awarded across the categories of Revenue, Pre-Revenue, Social Impact, and Young Entrepreneurs. All students, regardless of class rank or major, are warmly invited to participate.

Student Resources

Get the Rulebook

Meet The Judges

Entry for the competition and the Official Rulebook will become available on February 16th.

For the Round 1 of the competition, students will need to submit a two-minute video showcasing their idea. See the Official Rulebook for more guidelines about the video submission. 

Competition Timeline

Dates, times, and venues are subject to change. Participants will be notified as soon as feasible to ensure a fair competition. Refer back to this page as updates are made and check your email frequently to stay up-to-date about changes.

March 16th, 2022 Due at Midnight
Round 1 - Submission Deadline
March 22nd, 2022
Top Ten Semi-Finalists Notified and Announced
March 28th, 2022 Due at Midnight
Round 2 - Final Submission Deadline
March 31st, 2022
Round 3 - Semi-Finalists Booth Showcase
April 1st, 2022
Round 3 - Final Presentations and Awards Ceremony
April 1st, 2022
Winners Announced!

Entry for the competition will become available on February 16th.


The Empower Your Dreams workshops will be held every Wednesday starting February 16th until March 9th. They will go from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in HGB 273. 

Competition Kickoff

How to Create a Winning Submission

How to Create a Winning Story

How to Create a Winning Video

Former Winners

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