$250,000 Business Plan Contest Open to All

by Tim Berry

Today the Central Valley Business Times announces a $250,000 business plan contest accepting nationwide entries. Finalists will compete in October. Entrants have to have a convincing business plan and be at least 18 years old. That’s it as far as entry requirements. “Anyone who has an idea for an innovative new business, and a business... Read more »

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7 Really Good Questions to Ask

by Tim Berry

I had an excellent Friday and Saturday last week at the Rice University 2008 Business Plan Competition, a reminder for me that some scientists and some ideas make great new businesses. I have to say that because I so often state that the idea is an overvalued component of a new business (compared to the implementation),... Read more »

Forbes.com $100K Business Plan Contest

by Tim Berry

What would you do to grow your business with $100,000? It’s not just an idle question. Forbes.com is offering that as the grand prize in its Boost Your Business In 2008 business plan contest. Applications are being accepted now, and through the end of May. And here’s a challenge for you: the first round is... Read more »

Women 2.0 Business Plan Competition

by Tim Berry

There is still time to enter … looks very interesting to me! Read more »

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Business Plan Contests

by Tim Berry

Thoughts about social and sustainable business and business plan contests after a session with the University of Notre Dame business school. Read more »

The Virtual Business Plan Competition

by Cale Bruckner

McKinsey & Company is launching a virtual business plan competition in Second Life. Be part of the first truly global business-building contest ever held in the virtual world! The Virtual Venture Competition is your chance to turn your innovative ideas into successful business operations in Second Life. From 3pointD.com The competition is open to students... Read more »

2007 R.I. Business Plan Winners Named

by Cale Bruckner

The winners of the 2007 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition were announced yesterday. PROVIDENCE – (May 1, 2007) – A local company that provides software which turns GPS-enabled cell phones into personal security devices on college campuses and a student team from Brown University that is creating a company to help employers lower their health... Read more »

Your business plan on a napkin

by Noah Parsons

Women 2.0 has a great concept for a business plan competition: the business plan must fit on a 5×5 napkin. I love this for a few reasons: First, this contest forces contestants to focus on their elevator pitch and executive summary which are arguably the most important parts of a business plan. Requiring a focus... Read more »

$100K Business Plan Competition

by Noah Parsons

The Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce is now taking applications for the $100,000 business plan competition that takes place during the Summit in Tech Valley on May 14. Business plans must be submitted to www.summit.techvalley.org by March 12. There is a $150 entry fee. Read more »

Two new Business Plan Competitions

by Noah Parsons

Southeast BIO, which supports the life science industry, is launching a business plan competition designed to help foster new company growth. The BIO/Plan Competition will match entrepreneurs with mentors in an attempt to build what SEBIO calls “venture-attractive” companies. The winner will receive an award estimated at $100,000. AND The Hormel Family Foundation, a non-profit... Read more »