Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute


Be Your Own Boss Bowl

Attend our next information sessions to learn more (January 20). Learn about the new and simplified format for our innovative business plan competition which includes huge cash prizes! Discover more about this lucrative opportunity and how the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute can connect you with support that is right for you! The Be Your Own Boss Bowl (BYOBB) is open to all staff, faculty, students, and alumni from all 17 schools and colleges at Temple University.

Information Session #3
Tuesday, January 20, 4:30pm
IEI Lab, Alter Hall 503D

*Food and beverages will be served at both sessions. Please register at:!

Link to the presentation from our Information Sessions:
Download as a PDF  2015 Info Session BYOBB

In order to be assigned a mentor and to receive a free copy of the Business Planning Guide, please download and complete the Temple BYOBB Opportunity Description and attach it to the following form:

Note: You can also register your company with Blackstone Launchpad to get help thinking through your idea.

Detailed instructions for the 2015 submission to the competition will be forthcoming. Below is information from past competitions that may help to frame your thinking. In addition, it is helpful to reference the business plan workshop presentations which can be accessed here.

Overview of the BYOBB®

The annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl® is a business plan competition in which matriculated students, alumni, faculty and staff from all 17 schools and colleges within Temple, as well as Temple organizations (library, tech transfer, etc. ) compete for ten prizes, including a grand prize worth over $115,000 in cash, Microsoft products and professional services. The objective of the competition is to encourage the launch and sustainability of new small businesses and scalable entrepreneurial ventures by the Temple community. Along the journey, participants will learn about all aspects of entrepreneurship, make new networking connections and learn how to write highly strategic, comprehensive business plans.

You can do it, and we can help – you do not have to be a business school student or alum to place or win in this competition. In fact, BYOBB® winners have come from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Tyler School of Art, Beasley School of Law among others. Please review this site carefully as it will provide critical dates, the business plan template, scoring sheet, rules and regs you’ll need to know in order to compete successfully.

In awarding the grand prize in the BYOBB®, judges will look for the most strategic, well thought out and comprehensive business plan. The strength of the idea or business concept itself is less important. Both “life style” businesses and true scalable entrepreneurial ventures are acceptable in the competition. Social innovation ventures (for and not-for profit) are also eligible.

Please note: All submissions are held in the strictest of confidence and remain your property.

Event Timeline

  • On Demand Mentoring #1 (March 10th)
  • On Demand Mentoring #2 (March 13th)
  • Business Plans Due (March 17th)
  • Finalists Announced (April 1st)
  • Scrub Day – Finalist Presentations (April 8th)
  • Finalist Presentations and Awards Ceremony (April 16th)

Eligibility & Rules

Participants are encouraged to work in teams (up to four members), but may also enter as “solo-preneurs.” Participants will compete in one of three competition tracks: Undergraduate, Upper Track: Graduate Student/Faculty/Staff/Alumni, and Social Innovation Ventures. Any team with a member or members who are not undergraduate students will automatically be grouped into the graduate student/faculty/staff/alumni category.

Teams may include members without ties to Temple (students from other colleges, etc.), but the founder/CEO/main shareholder must be affiliated with Temple University.

Plans may address either the creation of a new or an already existing business, but cannot constitute a proposed company expansion. In addition, the existing business must be less than two years old. For-profit, non-profit and social innovation/entrepreneurship businesses are all eligible.

*Plans that are written by others and submitted under false pretenses into the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® are expressly prohibited and subject to Temple University disciplinary policies regarding code of conduct and cheating.

What You Need To Do

Once you have submitted your business plan,  a copy of a Frank Fiore’s book titled Write a Business Plan…In No Time can be picked up in 503 Alter Hall.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend the IEI’s Business Plan Workshops. Each workshop will detail a different facet of writing a business plan and will provide additional insight into the overall process.

Each team’s plan will be evaluated by no less than four preliminary judges, providing the plan is complete, comprehensive and the proposed business is viable.

Submission Information

Detailed instructions regarding plan submission will be forth coming.

Please use spell check, proper grammar and complete sentences. Do not use slang, curse words or overly casual English. This is a business document, and judges respond poorly to anything less. We suggest having your document proof-read prior to submission.

We encourage all participants to have their plans reviewed by their senior executive mentors, a professor, professional colleague or the IEI (by appointment only) prior to submission. The IEI is not staffed to review dozens of plans several days prior to submission: please plan accordingly!

Questions or Need Help?

You got it! You may send an email to with questions or to request time with Ellen Weber, Executive Director of the IEI, or our Entrepreneur in Residence or Executives in Residence (see Distinguished Leaders on this website). Good luck!

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