The Global James McGuire Business Plan Competition aims to encourage and showcase the entrepreneurial spirit of students attending institutions within the Laureate International Universities network. All students are welcome to participate. The competition has two categories: one for undergraduate students and one for working adult, graduate, or undergraduate students who have recently completed their program.

An evaluation committee comprising Walden program directors and faculty members selects its top candidate in each of the two categories. Each team receives an award of $2,500 and is invited to the Laureate Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., to compete for the top prize—a low-interest loan of $50,000 for the company proposed in its business plan.


James McGuire Business Plan Competition Logo2015


Undergraduate Submission

Daniel Koroma, BS in Business Administration; Christine Hett and Kenneth Phillips, BS in Accounting—Project: “E-Laison”

Graduate Submission

Chantell R. Alexander, Blake Daugherty, Marjorie Waye, Michelle Apple, JaNeta Thomas, Victor Oluwi, Bernard Chidziva, Vitus Kaleo-Bioh, Ethel Lane, Antionette Richardson, Henry Ogoi, and Cassandra Nottage, Doctor of Business Administration—Project: “International Alliance for Strategic Change”



Chike Okeke and Velina Williams, DBA program—Project: “Freeway Health”


Michael Kaelin and Kimberly Henson, MBA program—Project: “Specialty Dried Fruit”

Aneatra Holland and Gregoire Kokomo, DBA program—Project: “Living Waters”