• The 23rd annual Be Your Own Boss Bowl® is open to all Temple University students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Participants are encouraged to work in teams (up to four members) but may also enter the competition as an individual entrepreneur. Cross-discipline teams are encouraged.
  • Teams must register a team leader, list all team members and their affiliations, and enter all submissions through the designated competition website.
  • The designated team leader must be a Temple University degree candidate (undergraduate or graduate), alumni, faculty, or staff. Teams may include members without ties to Temple University (students from other universities, co-workers, etc.). While participants may be on more than one team, they may only be the Team Leader on one team.
  • The Temple University designated team leader must be a founding member of the business or venture
  • Temple University faculty and staff can provide an advisory or mentoring role to participants as long as they do not hold a stake in the student’s or Alumni’s venture, either now or in the future.
  • Each participant will compete in one of two competition tracks:
    • Undergraduate Track
    • Upper Track: Graduate Student/Alumni/Faculty/Staff
    • PLEASE NOTE: Any team with a member who is not an undergraduate student will automatically be grouped into the Upper Track.
  • Submissions may include a new or an existing business or venture. Venture expansions will not be accepted.
  • Existing ventures must be less than two years old as of January 1, 2021.
  • Existing ventures must have raised less than $50,000 from institutional funding (includes any funding from accelerator programs, angel investors, venture groups, pitch competitions, crowd-funding campaigns, foundations, or grants), AND have gross sales of less than $100,000 as of December 31, 2020.
  • Previous Grand Prize winners of the Be Your Own Boss Bowl®, and/or First Place Track Winners at the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® are not eligible to compete with the same business or venture. If you are a former First or Grand Prize winner, and you have a new concept to enter, please contact our 1810 Accelerator Director, Greg Fegley,  at byobb@temple.edu before entering to discuss.
  • You are required to apply cash prizes and awards received for competing as part of the Be Your Own Boss Bowl® toward your proposed business venture and provide an annual update on your business to the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute for 5 years, as per the executed Terms of Agreement governing the BYOBB®.
  • You may enter more than one business to the competition, but if both ideas are selected for the finals you may only present one idea and a Temple University team member will have to present the other idea.
  • Not for profit ventures are not eligible to compete in the Be Your Own Boss Bowl®.
  • *Submissions 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.
  • The Be Your Own Boss Bowl® Committee reserves the right to determine when a conflict of interest exists.

Questions? Email byobb@temple.edu