Dobson Cup 2013 Competition


McGill Start-Up Plan Competition
Hosted by The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies


The Dobson Cup offers a rare opportunity for budding entrepreneurs.  The competition is open to new business (for profit) ideas and social enterprise (not for profit) start-ups that are less than two years old.  Participants will compete for prize money and prestige, as well as benefit from the rare opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs. The judges will include Dobson Fellows, McGill faculty and entrepreneurs.  Judging will focus on innovation, growth potential and feasibility, as presented by the teams.  Past years’ Dobson Cup participants cannot compete again with the same business idea.  The decisions of the judges are final and the enforcement of the rules of the competition is solely at the discretion of the judges and the Dobson Centre.  All decisions are final.

Teams include one to five members; at least one team member must be a McGill University student, McGill employee or McGill alumnus. Submissions requiring confidentiality agreements will not be accepted.

Prizes totalling $60,000*

For profit prizes totaling $40,000
1st Place: $10,000 | 2nd Place: $9,000 | 3rd Place: $8,000 | 4th Place: $7,000 | 5th Place: $6,000

Social enterprise (not for profit) prizes totaling $20,000
1st place: $6,000 | 2nd place: $5,000 | 3rd place: $4,000 | 4th place: $3,000 | 5th place: $2,000 

*EACH PRIZE WILL BE DIVIDED EQUALLY AMONGST THE TEAM MEMBERS (For example: if a team wins the $10,000 prize and there are 4 members on that team each team member will receive $2,500).