Applications Now Open: McGraw School of Business Hosts Second Annual Createur Conference & Pitch Competition with $15,000 in Awards

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win a Share of $15,000 at the Createur Conference & Pitch Competition!

February 5, 2024 Business

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Bourbonnais, IL – The McGraw School of Business at Olivet Nazarene University is thrilled to announce the launch of the second annual Createur Conference & Pitch Competition, scheduled for April 15-16, 2024. The conference, a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation, invites local high schoolers, college students and Olivet Alumni to participate in a dynamic event designed to foster creativity and provide substantial opportunities for growth.

Spotlight on Local Talent
Createur Conference & Pitch Competition aims to shine a spotlight on local talent and entrepreneurial spirit. During this two-day event, participants will have the unique opportunity to learn from accomplished alums and other subject-matter experts who will share their entrepreneurial journeys and career highlights. Keynotes include:

  • Auntie Anne Beiler, Founder of Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels
  • Brett Hagler, CEO and Co-Founder of New Story
  • Justin Donald, The Lifestyle Investor

In addition to these world-class keynotes, attendees will have access to over 24 proven entrepreneurs featured in spark sessions, sharing invaluable insights and experiences.

Pitch Your Idea and Win Big
The highlight of the Createur Conference is the business idea pitch competition, featuring a generous $15,000 award. This year features a high school division, opening the match to an even wider pool of innovators. Whether you already have a business or a brilliant idea, you can pitch to win!

Who Can Participate?
  • High School Students
  • College Students
  • ONU Alumni
What Can You Pitch?
  • Ideas
  • Products
  • Services

Why Should You Participate?
Compete for a share of the $15,000 award.

Registration Now Open
Registration for the Createur Conference & Pitch Competition is open until March 1, 2024. To secure your spot and a chance to win big, visit The conference is free to attend and open to the public. While affiliation with the business school is not required, all currently enrolled high school students, college or university students and Olivet Nazarene University alums are eligible to compete in the pitch competition.

A Platform for the Next Generation
Chris Perez, Entrepreneurship Program Director and Faculty at Olivet Nazarene University commented on the high school division, saying, “The timing for this high school division is impeccable. I’ve observed a burgeoning interest in entrepreneurship among the next generation. We’re thrilled to provide a platform for students and dedicated teachers nurturing the entrepreneurial mindset.”

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