The Graziadio Business School of Pepperdine University has opened entries to its fourth annual competition, Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies, to identify America’s Most Fundable Companies. All U.S.-based startups with less than $10 million in revenue are invited to participate.

Participants in the Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies competition receive a comprehensive feedback report free of charge indicating their attractiveness to potential investors.

“I wouldn’t say that any of us (VC firms) have a methodology that is as rigorous or disciplined as the process that this university is going through… The intensive screening process makes winning companies attractive targets for investors like us,” Dan Peate, investor and founder and CEO of Avinew, said.

The competition employs a 20-year proven and proprietary due diligence process to determine the winners. Since its inception, winners in the Most Fundable Companies Competition have leveraged their award to receive over $67 million in funding. Additionally, winners are featured in Entrepreneur™ magazine, whose reach via the magazine and social outlets is in excess of 17 million viewers per month.

“The awareness generated by the competition and the connection with several angel groups helped us have an oversubscribed Series A extension,” Matt Handel, CEO of ExpressCells, said.

In 2020, Pepperdine selected 20 winners from among 4,500 plus participants from all 50 states. The winners across 13 states had a broad geographic representation and a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, clean energy, biotech, digital health, femtech, agro and biotech.

To review a list of the 2020 winners, click here.

Pepperdine’s 2021 Most Fundable Companies competition is now underway, with an awards ceremony scheduled for mid-October. Winners will also be featured in the December 2021 issue of Entrepreneur™ magazine. There is no cost to participate, and applications are being accepted now through May 28, 2021.

Click here to apply for Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies!

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