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Spartan Challenge Entrepreneurial Competition

Entrepreneurship is part of the Case Western Reserve University DNA. CWRU has become renown as a place where students turn ideas and research into marketplace opportunities.

In addition to qualifying for careers in the world's leading organizations, in academe, business and the public sector, CWRU students often develop new technologies, products, and services contributing to the world’s body of knowledge and creating jobs (for themselves and others), adding to the U.S. economy.

Students make a difference.

Entrepreneurial resources -- from specialized classes to research, from competitions to funding -- level the playing field. Any student can brainstorm and develop a business idea.

The Spartan Challenge has developed into one of the core elements of the CWRU entrepreneurship, design and innovation ecosystem helping fuel entrepreneurship and innovation in the undergraduate student population. 

Undergraduate students from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art, and Cleveland Institute of Music are eligible to participate in the Spartan Challenge.

Pre-contest workshops, mentoring and advising support, plus Challenge prize award money have inspired prior Challenge participants to develop plans and identify resources to advance their competition entries beyond business concepts into viable early stage enterprises. 

The Spartan Challenge was conceived and is funded by Joyce Erony, '81, who has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and business development.