7G BPC: Seven Generation Business Plan Competition
“Building Tomorrows Indigenous Entrepreneurs Today”
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
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)
Winners of the 2017 Seven Generation Business Plan Competition!
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.
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.