University Business Plan Competitions

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Submissions to the Gov.’s Business Plan Contest Exceed Expectations in Wisconsin

The first Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has attracted more than 300 ideas from 234 individuals in more than 100 communities, exceeding contest organizer estimates.

The Elevator Competition – Wake Forest University

The Elevator competition simulates a two-minute elevator ride with a venture capitalist where the team gets to pitch its business idea.

Business Plan Bounty Increases to $105,000 in Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest

“Gov. Jim Doyle said during his 2002 campaign that he wanted to create a better entrepreneurial climate in Wisconsin, and he specifically mentioned a statewide Business Plan Contest as one way to do so,” said Secretary Nettles. “This first-ever contest is reaching out to entrepreneurs across Wisconsin – and tapping into ideas that can grow into businesses.

Wisconsin Business competitions give fuel to start-ups – Governor’s contest is state’s latest effort to spur job growth

"It is all about company creation," said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. "This is another way to spur technology transfer and company formation in Wisconsin."

MBA SHOWDOWN – Here Comes the Competition – The First Annual Fortune Small Business Business Plan Competition

The winners of our first annual MBA business-plan contest have fresh ideas, strong management skills, and money. So watch out. They could be your new rivals. By Elaine Pofeldt Fortune Small Business If you think…

Entrepreneur challenge holding its kickoff at University of Utah

Nine student directors from the U. run the challenge. They organize the competition, raise funds for the prizes and operating budget and coordinate efforts between the student teams and community professionals. The competition’s first year was 1999.

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."