COVID-19 Updates

BSU is open. An initial plan to return to campus in the fall 2020 semester is now available.

Idea Lean Poster Competition

Do you have an idea for a cool and exciting new business! Are you interested in improving an existing product, or service?  Are you looking for extra funding to invest in your business idea? Join the Entrepreneurship Academy with their 1st Annual Idea Lean Poster Competition at Bowie State University (BSU) with a special competition for the crucial COVID-19 Idea Challenge and you can enter both Competitions.   WIN up to $3,000 in cash! The Competitions are open to all students in every major.    

The Competitions will be held individually in each of the four Colleges during the week of November 16. The deadline for submission is 11:59 pm on November 10. All entries will be eligible to pitch. The top two winners from each of the Colleges will then compete for top cash awards on December 1. 

Why use the Lean Canvas model? The Lean Canvas is a single page business plan that helps you break down your business model into its most critical parts and assumptions. It is geared towards start-ups and provides greater simplicity towards the business start-up process, which makes it a perfect tool for the Idea. Teams are highly encouraged to apply. 


Competition Details

Please note students may enter both the Idea Lean Poster and the Covid-19 Idea Challenge with different ideas.
  1. Submission: All Idea Lean Posters and Covid-19 Idea Challenge entries must be submitted by Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Please submit your Posters using this template.
    1. Submit completed poster in PDF or PowerPoint to
  2. Each College: Professional Studies, Education, Business, Arts & Sciences will host individually, the Idea Lean Poster Competition. The special Covid-19 Idea Challenge is open to all students and is a separate competition.
  3. Eligibility:The Idea Lean Poster Competition is open to all Bowie State undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled and in good academic standing. Individuals and teams (not to exceed four people) are eligible to enter this competition. Participants may have an entry in the Idea Lean Poster and in the Covid-19 Idea Challenge. Although it is not required, we encourage team collaboration across disciplines.
  4. Mentoring:One-on-one coaching is available for students who need help to fully-develop their idea and work on their Idea Lean Poster CLICK HERE TO REQUEST COACHING
  5. Resources: There will be resources available on the website to help you develop your Lean Canvas including workshops, PowerPoints, videos on pitching, sample canvases, etc.
  6. Pitching: All entrants into the Competition will present a 2-3-minute pitch of their Idea Lean Poster at their respective college during the week of November 16. All pitches will be judged on oral presentation, feasibility of the idea, and how well it solves the problem you present.


Friday, October 23
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM      Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions (drop-in) 
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM       By appointment only Click here to schedule  

Monday, October 26     
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM      Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions (drop-in) 
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM        By appointment only Click here to schedule  

Wednesday, October 28
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM      Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions (drop-in) 
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM       By appointment only Click here to schedule  

Thursday, October 29   
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM        Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                         By appointment only Click here to schedule 

Friday, October 30   
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM        Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
y appointment only Click here to schedule 

Tuesday, November 3   
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM        Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                         By appointment only Click here to schedule 

Thursday, November 5   
00 PM – 5:00 PM        Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                         By appointment only Click here to schedule 

Monday, November 9 
11:00 AM – 4:00
 PM      Available 1-on-1 coaching sessions  
                                        By appointment only Click here to schedule 

Tuesday, November 10 
11:59 PM                           Submission deadline: Idea Lean Poster from each college and the COVID-19 Idea Challenge 

Monday, November 16           
6:15 PM                          College of Business Competition 

Wednesday, November 18                     
3:00 PM                         
College of Arts & Sciences Competition 

Wednesday, November 18                     
5:00 PM                         College of Education 

Wednesday November 18                      
6:30 PM
                         College of Professional Studies 

Friday, November 20                               
3:00 PM                         
COVID-19 Idea Challenge   

Tuesday, December 1                              
4:00 PM                            Idea Lean Poster Competition Finals  


  • Idea Lean Poster Competition Finals 
    • 1st Place: $1,250
    • 2nd Place: $500
    • 3rd Place: $250
  • Covid-19 Idea Challenge Finalists
    • 1st Place $1500
    • 2nd Place $500

For more information, email Ifunanya Enezuagu at