Jack Murray and his dog Heidi, top-10 EQ finalist

Above: Veterinary student Jack Murray poses with his dog Heidi. He won $1,000 as the crowd favorite at the EQ semifinalist competition and an additional $15,000 during EQ's finale in March 2022.


Entrepreneur Quest (EQ) is an opportunity for any Mizzou student to create a new venture. EQ provides the workshops, tools, networking and mentoring to help you translate your ideas into a viable business model ready to pitch for seed funding. Work with like-minded peers, immerse yourself in the startup world and receive coaching from successful entrepreneurs. 

General timeline

  • September & October
    Workshops cover business model canvas review, venture pitching and the EQ application process.
  • October
    EQ application due.
  • November
    An elevator pitch competition for the top 15 applicants narrows the field to 10 semifinalists. In 2021, the audience favorite received $1,000.
  • January & February
    The semifinalists participate in an eight -week education program and receive mentoring from entrepreneurial leaders, inventors and experts.
  • March
    A pitch competition is held to choose three winners from MU's group of semifinalists. The first place tam receives $15,000, second $10,000 and third $5,000.
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Contact Us

1211 MU Student Center
Email: innovators@missouri.edu Phone: 573-882-2073