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How to Win Big and Get Ahead Fast

Ivory tower exercises? Not anymore. College business-plan contestants are all about seducing judges and launching companies.

VC for a Day-Being a judge at Wharton’s Business Plan Competition offers a peek at tomorrow’s startup ideas.

(Advice to would-be entrepreneurs: Hone your pitches to perfection. VCs are deluged with business plans, and they’re looking for reasons to throw them onto the reject pile.)

A team of students that developed a technology that automatically regulates glucose levels in the bloodstream of diabetic patients walks away with the $30,000 prize in the annual MIT entrepreneurship

"The five-member SmartCells team, made up of students from MIT and Harvard Business School, beat out a field of 118 teams, which had submitted plans on subjects including vehicle safety devices, semiconductors and alternative fuels. The competition has sparked the success of more than 60 companies including Akamai Technologies and others acquired by Cisco Systems, Broadcom and Ask Jeeves."

The Value of Business-Plan Competitions

"The ideal participant is not a seasoned management team with advanced plans seeking easy access to seed capital. Universities are, after all, places of education – not ATMs for early stage financing. Rather, it is tomorrow’s entrepreneurs who look to these competitions as a way of learning through doing, with the bonus of a possibility at turning their idea into reality."

Author finds a hitch in business plan tradition- Business Plans not the key to success in Business Plan Competitions

The season is still young, and already we’ve seen business plans for a medical device to treat obesity, a one-stop shop for history buffs, a voice-mail system for small businesses, and a make-it-yourself dessert restaurant….

Biz Students Compete in ‘NCAA of MBAs’

While Syracuse and Kansas battled for basketball dominance, teams of business students from four other universities were hunkered down in casino hotel rooms here, matching smarts and savvy in an academic exercise dubbed "the NCAAs…

Business-School Contests Give Edge to Job-Hunting Students

In the tough job market for those with M.B.A.’s, many recruiters say the edge in landing jobs and plum internships increasingly belongs to students who have participated in business-school case competitions. By KEMBA J. DUNHAM…

BYU Entrepreneurs Take Home Seed Money in Business Contest

Win the Brigham Young University Business Plan Competition and you get a lot more than a share of $120,000 in awards — you may get a boost down the lucrative path of winners’ past. By…

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