The main focus of the ME competition is not "competition" itself, but rather to provide an opportunity for students to foster their communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

About Us

World Journal

ME Competition Co-host

Founded in 1976, the World Journal is the most influential Chinese-language newspaper in North America. One of the few U.S. daily newspapers distributed on a national basis. World Journal’s mission is to serve all overseas Chinese by helping immigrants bridge the gap to mainstream America, keep in touch with their homeland and local Chinese community news and improve their quality of life.

Columbia Business School’s

Venture For All® Program

ME Competition Co-host

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Venture for All® is a global initiative whose mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in emerging and frontier markets through education and mentorship. Our programs educate and train young aspiring entrepreneurs to become enterprise builders and job creators.

IEG Global Corporation

ME Competition Co-host

 

IEG Global Corporation (IEG) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), that provides students with financial challenges to receive equal opportunities to participate in all of our Programs since 2012. At IEG, we strive to make a difference in this world via education.

 IEG works directly with top universities to develop challenging Programs for students. We don't believe grades should be the only key indicator on whether you could attend these programs, but more on
whether you have the "passion to
learn and excel".  

 

About Us

World Journal

ME Competition Co-host

Founded in 1976, the World Journal is the most influential Chinese-language newspaper in North America. One of the few U.S. daily newspapers distributed on a national basis. World Journal’s mission is to serve all overseas Chinese by helping immigrants bridge the gap to mainstream America, keep in touch with their homeland and local Chinese community news and improve their quality of life.

Columbia Business School’s

Venture For All® Program

ME Competition Co-host

Columbia University is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City. Venture for All® is a global initiative whose mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in emerging and frontier markets through education and mentorship. Our programs educate and train young aspiring entrepreneurs to become enterprise builders and job creators.

IEG Global Corporation

ME Competition Co-host

IEG Global Corporation (IEG) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), that provides students with financial challenges to receive equal opportunities to participate in all of our Programs since 2012.

At IEG, we strive to make a difference in this world via education. IEG works directly with top universities to develop challenging Programs for students. We don't believe grades should be the only key indicator on whether you could attend these programs, but more on whether you have the "passion to learn and excel".  

What is ME Competition?

Model Entrepreneur®, ME, is a competition hosted by Columbia Business School’s Venture For All® Program and World Journal SF LLC, with the goal to encourage young talents to stand out from pure imagination and speak out innovative ideas with business feasibility. Unlike any business competitions, ME participants will be able to receive proper guidance and suggestions on their business models through VFA Clubs. 

Competition Details 

 

Qualifications

Every team comprises of at least two, maximum five, members with one group leader as a single point of contact with ME. 

Each team member needs to be a current high school student or current junior high school student.
 

Fee : 
Free to register;

*$100 per team for those who get the opportunity to attend the revival round
 

Schedule

Rules

  • Each team can only submit one business proposal 

  • Every proposal & video should be original and not publicized before

  • Deadline 1 participants who didn’t make to the final round could choose to submit their revised business proposals by Deadline 2 

  • Each team should be identified with a team name throughout the competition

  • Participants found to have committed copyright infringement will be disqualified immediately with no exceptions

Preliminary

Registration & Business Proposal deadline (Round 1):   4/18/2021 

 

Announcement & Comments (Round 1): 

  5/17/2021

Revised Business Proposals Due

(Round 2):      5/30/2021

 

Finalist Announcement: 6/11/2021

 

Final Stage

Deadline for Final Business Proposal (PPT) /Video Submission: 7/16/2021

Final Presentation: TBA

 

Location:

Online (Time & Link to the live stream room will be sent separately)

Business Proposal Submission (Preliminary)

  • All documents should be submitted in English, and in PDF format
 
  • Please submit to: info@mecompetition-usa.com
    • E-mail subject: (Team Name)+(School Name) ie. InstaTruck + Monta Vista High School
    • BP title: (Team Name)+(School Name) ie. InstaTruck + Monta Vista High School.pdf
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Theme
  • Each team should come up with an innovative product or service to make life better, or solve a current social problem.
 
Content of Business Proposal 
(1) Cover Page 
  • Team members’ names 
  • Team name 
(2) Business Plan 
  a. how did your team come up with this idea?
  b. describe the current problem or opportunity
  c. describe your proposed solution
  d. who experiences your problem the most, or needs your products?
  e. value proposition​

Final Round Requirement

You are required to submit the Final Business Proposal (PPT) and 2 Videos. 
Video 1
Each team will be required to shoot a promotional video (no more than 1 minute and 15 seconds) explaining your business ideas and/or product services. 
There is no limitation on the form and style of the short video.
Video 2:
Each team will need to prepare a roadshow video (no more than 3 minutes and 15 seconds).
The video will cover the following six items:
1) Describe the current problem or opportunity.
2) Customer archetypes. Who are your customers? What type of customers would find your product or service most useful?
3) What is your business model? How will you make a profit?
4) Competitor analysis.
5) Who are your team members. What are their roles?
6) What's your realistic next step?
* The videos must be presented in English.
*The video content must comply with relevant international video and advertising laws and regulations. Racial discrimination, pornographic violence, and excessively exaggerated, vulgar, and false advertising content must not appear in the video.
*All videos must be submitted before 7/16/2021 (PST) with the final business proposal (in PDF files). Late submission will be considered as an abandonment of the competition. Each team has only one chance to submit, once submitted, no changes will be allowed.
*The documents' names for both the promotion video and the roadshow video should include the name of the team and the school or institution.

Final Round Guidelines

 

The 2021 Model Entrepreneur® competition Final Round will be divided into two rounds. The First Round will focus on business model delivering, where the Second Round will involve real time responses. The result will be the addition of both rounds, and all teams will be ranked accordingly.

 

Round 1 - Video; All videos will be publicly broadcasted online. Each team can vote for the best video online (Voting date and time: TBD)

 

Scoring methodology: The Judging Panel from Columbia Business School will send the score and comments for Round 1 (2 videos reviews from 2 judges). 

First Round will consist of a total of 100 points.

 

The Best Internet Popularity Award (the team with the most votes) will be announced.

The score of each team will be calculated based on the voting results.

 

Round 2 –  Real Time Responses 

All teams will be given a 120-second elevator pitch to introduce your business proposal to Columbia's judges, corporate judges, and investment guests, and strive to obtain financial support from investment institutions.

The Judging Panel will then respond with a live Q&A session (maximum 5 minutes).

Scoring methodology: Round 2 will consist of a total of 350 points, 100 points from each of the two Columbia Business School judges, 50 points from each of the three Enterprise judges.

 

 
 

Prizes

1st place 
- $1500 scholarship per team
- Certificate issued by 
Columbia Business School Venture For All®
- Interview from World Journal Chinese Daily Newspaper
 

2nd place
- $1200 scholarship per team 
- Certificate issued by 
Columbia Business School Venture For All®
- Interview from World Journal Chinese Daily Newspaper
 

3rd place
- $800 scholarship per team
- Certificate issued by 
Columbia Business School ​Venture For All®
- Interview from World Journal Chinese Daily Newspaper

 

Additional Prizes:
 

 

Winning teams will get the scholarships in the amount of $1000 towards the cost of the college summer program they are interested in.

Winners may choose from the following official two-week programs(with certificate of completion and recommendation letter [except Harvard], each team member could choose to attend different program)

two-week programs:

 

Columbia Business School, Caltech, Stanford STEM/Medical Internship Program, Berklee/Brown, Harvard

*Restrictions apply

 

Register Now

1. Fill out the 
2. Sign up for the on-line courses lectured by Columbia Business School Venture For All® (Optional). 
 
3. Make the payment for online course. (Optional)
 
* Participants can also sign up for the on-line courses lectured by Columbia Business School Venture For All® Professors/Instructors below, or join any Programs prior to the final presentation day to ensure proper business plan submission. 
 
 

News

News article on ME Competition released by World Journal

March 11, 2017 A02

July 10, 2017 A01

July 10, 2017 B03

July 11, 2017 B02