$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 »

UCSD’s Inaugural $50,000 Entrepreneurship Competition

by Noah Parsons

A University of California, San Diego student organization will offer a $50,000 award for student teams who will compete based on individual business plans. Teams will undergo intensive business plan education — including one-on-one sessions with volunteer mentors, many of whom hail from San Diego ‘s scientific, technical and entrepreneurial base. For more, visit the... Read more »

Pappajohn Business Plan Competition under way

by Noah Parsons

The contest is open to all new start-up and young companies and will award $50,000 in prize money to the top three business plans submitted ($25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third). Read More Read more »

$235,000 Business Plan Competition at The University of Texas at Tyler

by Noah Parsons

The $200,000 Grand Prize is designed to foster a drive for excellence in the competition. Students involved in the competition will gain access to networks of successful entrepreneurs, lenders and investors, and have the opportunity to learn greater team-building and business planning skills. The contest will also help student teams gain media exposure for their... Read more »

Call For Entrants, Launch of EnterPrize Business Plan Competition

by Cale Bruckner

What: 2007 EnterPrize Business Plan Competition kick-off event and panel discussion November 16th at 8 p.m. Official Website Where: Pittsburgh Details Background: Participants in the EnterPrize Business Plan Competition, regardless of whether they have won or lost, have attracted a total of more than $100 million in venture capital funding over the course of the... Read more »

Wharton Business Plan Competition

by Noah Parsons

The WBPC is a comprehensive, 7-month platform to help entrepreneurs and their teams launch their new business ideas. The WBPC is structured in three phases to help teams develop their plans in both a collaborative and competitive environment. The WBPC’s entrepreneurship workshops feature entrepreneurship experts including Wharton entrepreneurship professors and Wharton graduates who have started... Read more »

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The Art of the Executive Summary

by Noah Parsons

Great post over at Guy Kawasaki’s blog on The Art of the Executive Summary. We’ve recently been reading a lot of business plans for the spring business plan competition season and it’s depressing how many terrible executive summaries are out there. Here are some of the common pitfalls: 1. The language barrier: Many plans assume... Read more »

Third Annual $10,000 Boomer Business Plan Competition

by Noah Parsons

Link: seniors : Third Annual $10,000 Boomer Business Plan Competition [TheMatureMarket.co.uk]. Are you developing innovative products and services for the 45 market? The baby boomer market represents over $2 trillion in annual spending power! The first of 76 million baby boomers turns 60 in January 2006 and by the year 2030 there will be 71.5... Read more »

Top 10 Business Plan Competition Mistakes

by Tim Berry

I’ve posted a multimedia presentation on the top 10 planning mistakes in competitions. It’s a fun presentation, a top 10 list like the late show.  Some of the mistakes discussed are the hockey stick forecasts, trusting your patents to protect you, thinking you have no competition, and, of course, not projecting cash flow right. It... Read more »

Peltier Business Plan Competition

by Noah Parsons

Link: East Texas Weekly Community Newspaper. Students from all colleges and universities are invited to participate for a grand prize of $25,000 in the 2006 Peltier Business Plan Competition offered by The University of Texas at Tyler College of Business and Technology Read more »

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Win $25,000

by Noah Parsons

Link: KLTV 7 Tyler-Longview-Jacksonville, TX: Aspiring Entrepreneurs Can Win $25,000. Read more »