About Entrepreneurial Idol

Entrepreneurial Idol Competition

 The Chicago State University Entrepreneurial Idol Competition was launched in 2012 to highlight and promote the many small to mid-sized Illinois based businesses with support from local and national business leaders, as well as City, State and Federal elected politicians. Entrepreneurs in the growth stage of business are strongly encouraged to apply. All submissions are reviewed by a panel of educators, entrepreneurs and business leaders.      

The Entrepreneurial Idol business plan competition has 3 rounds:

  • 1 Page executive summary
  • 60 second video
  • 10 Semi-finalists
  • 5 minute presentation
  • 5 Finalists
  • 8-minute presentation


Last year's competition was a great success with 75 applicants submitting their business plans.

2013 Winners:

1st Place Winner: Freenters
2nd Place Winner: Savvo Digital Sommelier Solutions
3rd Place Winner: RaDeant Technologies
Crowd Favorite Winner: Mane Insights

Entrepreneurial Idol Competition Winners 2013 

About Chicago State University

Chicago State University opened its doors as a teacher training school in a leaky railroad freight car in Blue Island, Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, in contrast, the University is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on the south side of Chicago. During the first year of its founding, CSU enrolled 62 students. The current student enrollment is nearly 7,200.

From its humble origins, Chicago State University has evolved into an outstanding, nationally acclaimed university that provides a value-added education for all who enter its hallowed halls. Consistently evolving to reflect state-of-the-art trends in higher education, Chicago State University prepares students for success in the 21st century.