7G BPC: Seven Generation Business Plan Competition

“Building Tomorrows Indigenous Entrepreneurs Today”

OVERVIEW

Established in 1985, the NAU Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) provides training, technical assistance and consulting services, business outreach, grant evaluations, host tribal forums/summits/conferences, and financial literacy education. NAU CAIED serves the twenty-two tribes of Arizona from working with tribal leaders to tribal entrepreneurs to working with tribal youth.

CAIED has a commitment to helping create initiatives and entrepreneurial endeavors among tribal communities. Thus, the Seven Generation Business Plan Competition was created. The Business Plan Competition seeks to train and support the next generation of Native entrepreneurs and business owners. The importance of developing business ideas and plans is by positioning Native communities at the forefront of economic sovereignty. CAIED is teaming up with the Native American Business Incubator Network, Partnership With Native Americans and Kitchell Construction to host the 2018 Seven Generation Business Plan Competition .

Applications available now!

We are hosting Q&A conference calls to allow participants to ask questions about the application process and the competition. We encourage any and all who are intersted in participating in this competition to attend one of the conference calls.

Application Information and Q&A Conference Call:

Dial In:                          515-739-1015
Meeting ID:                   703-657-112

August 30, 2017           2pm MST
September 11, 2017     2pm MST

STUDENT TEAM MEMBER ELIGIBILITY (Accepting up to 6 teams in this category):
1)   Students must be enrolled at least part-time in a high school, college or university.
2)  Teams must have 50% of their team members enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe. Exceptions may apply

NON-STUDENT TEAM MEMBER ELIGIBILITY (Accepting up to 3 teams in this category):
1)  Teams must have 50% of their team members enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe. Exceptions may apply.

Who should participate?

  • Students with an idea to start a business
  • Students who have an investment idea
  • Students interested in enhancing their conceptual, organizational, written and oral presentation skills
  • Students that wish to demonstrate their ability to clearly communicate an idea to a group of experts and peers

TIMELINE

September 15, 2017        Application of Intent and Risk Waiver Form DUE
Sept—Dec. 2017              Trainings (at least once a month)
December 30, 2017         Team Business Plans-Final Draft DUE
January 2018                    In-person presentations for Judge’s Panel (must be present)

For more information contact Crystal Cree: Crystal.Cree@nau.edu | 928-523-7319. Application of Intent can be faxed to 928-523-5990 or emailed to crystal.cree@nau.edu.

 

Winners of the 2017 Seven Generation Business Plan Competition!

1st Place                      

First Nations Timber Products

Indian Bible College Students Efrain Saune Aspa, Fredricka Toledo, and John Bedonie

$2,500 in Seed Funding, up to 3 years in technical assistance, and partnership opportunities with Partnership With Native Americans, the Native American Business Incubator  Network, and other key networks.

1st Runner-Up            

Whiz Ventures

NAU Student Renaldo Holgate

$1,000 in Seed Funding, up to 3 years in technical assistance, and partnership opportunities with Partnership With Native Americans, the Native American Business Incubator Network, and other key networks.

This event is sponsored by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.