University Business Plan Competitions

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Plans with Potential -Our judges offer constructive criticism on some of the interesting ventures that entered our business plan competition.

"It’s one thing to spend all your time talking about your technology. It’s another to show how that plan is going to turn into revenue. That’s what investors want to see."

The California Challenge for Innovation Brings Global Entrepreneurs to the U.S.

"California– a leader in entrepreneurship and innovation and the sixth largest economy in the world — is challenging innovators from around the world to participate in a global contest to advance the best and the brightest information technology solutions in the California Challenge," said Jim Cushing, the chairman of Next Generation Cities and a successful California entrepreneur. "The California Challenge will provide its entrants direct access into the California economy, its employers and venture funds."

Student business competition opens at the University of Utah

The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge will kick off its statewide business competition for college students today at the University of Utah. The David Eccles School of Business and its Utah Entrepreneur Center will host speaker Charles…

BYU names its Entrepreneur of the Year – Adam Edmunds created SilentWhistle

Adam Edmunds created SilentWhistle to allow companies to electronically elicit information big and small, from something as simple as an employee suggestion on how a company can save money to something as sensitive as an allegation about fraud or sexual harassment.

Entrepreneurial spirit – High school students learn the art of the sale at Spokane’s Business Week 2004 Trade Show

Student Andrew DeKay of Kenmore said the trade show was a useful lesson. As CEO of his make-believe corporation, he learned the importance of teamwork.

"I learned that ducks fly 40 percent more efficiently when they’re flying in a V," the 17-year-old said.

Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has a surprise ending

“The quality of the business plans was very high,” said Trevor D’Souza, a managing director of Mason Wells and competition judge. “I would hope it to be one of the driving forces of entrepreneurial activity in the state.”

Innovation Awards the product of experts’ collaboration

Terrence Chatwin, Ph.D., director of the UEES, sees great promise for the Innovations Awards winners. "We’re excited about the potential of these Utah innovations to secure SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research grants) and venture funding to further develop their products and take them to market," Chatwin said. "We hope that the Edison Conference and the Innovation Awards help give our emerging high-tech innovators both the visibility and the guidance they need to compete, because we’re poised to be a leading high-tech center."

This Year’s ‘Eight Great’ Business Plans: You Pick the Winner

The “Eight Great” finalists in the 2003-2004 Wharton Business Plan Competition – the Great Eight, as the organizers call them – want to save the world with solar energy or cutting-edge medical devices, or see it from afar via a reusable space capsule, to name a few of the business plans presented.

All Systems Go for Midwest Venture Summit

Glennon said the conference for the first time will have a track of programs on tech transfer from universities. He said the presenters include Motorola, Battelle/ NASA, Caterpillar, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Purdue University and IllinoisVentures from the University of Illinois.

Pair’s plan for motion-capture system would aid rehab analysis wins at business plan competition

The competition was very close, said Gregg Adkin, general partner with Scottsdale-based Valley Ventures and chairman of the judging panel. MotionEase came up the winner because its product seemed to be further along in development and because of the size of its potential markets, he said.