The School of Management and Business proudly sponsors the annual Business Plan Competition every Spring and invites participation from all students campus-wide who have the entrepreneurial spirit for innovation and new business ventures. The Business Plan Competition is a great opportunity to present your ideas before outstanding business leaders and faculty and be recognized for your work in a real world environment. The School of Management and Business will host the 8th Annual Competition in Spring 2014.
Any traditional undergraduate, New College, and graduate student or team of students from any school or college at St. Edward’s University is encouraged to enter. Among other rules and regulations delineated in the Student Information Packet, all participants must be currently enrolled in a SEU program, and the submissions must be the participant’s original work and ideas.
How the Entrepreneurship Program Can Help You with Your Plan
The Entrepreneurship Department at the School of Management and Business will be available to give you helpful hints to make your plan more competitive. We offer a Business Plan Help Session and mentoring from our experienced faculty members.
Cash Prizes and More
Prize money will be awarded to the top three teams whose new venture ideas a) represent the best potential for success and for attracting outside financing, and b) are clearly communicated and presented to the independent panel of judges. More importantly, you will receive helpful feedback on your plan from an outstanding panel of judges and may make some significant contacts with succcessful members of the Austin business community.
The St. Edward’s Business Plan Competition challenges all participants to rise to new levels of achievement in presenting bold ideas for products and services that attract business investors and improve the community. First place winners may be eligible to compete in additional business plan competitions with financial assistance for travel and lodging from the School of Management and Business.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Saturday, April 5, 2014: Business Plan Competition
*Please see Business Plan Competition Participant Information Packet for further information and forms!*
Important Dates for Business Plan Competition 2014:
*Kickoff Event: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 (12:00pm-2:00pm) - Trustee Hall Lawn
*DEADLINE EXTENDED - Intent to Compete/Entrant Certification Form Deadline: Friday, February 7th, 2014
*Executive Overview of Plan Due: Thrusday, February 13th, 2014
*Draft of Business Plans Due: Monday, February 24th, 2014
*Business Plan Help Session: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 (2:00pm) - Trustee Hall 210
*Final Plans Due: Thursday, March 20th, 2014
There are two stages to the competition: the written business plan submissions and oral presentations. Only the top-rated written business plans are selected for the Final oral presentations. A reception will be held after the Final presentations on Saturday to announce the winners and celebrate the performance of all participants.
Full Business Plan Competition details for the 2014 Competition can be found in this Participant Information Packet.
Plan to partcipate in this exciting competition with your ideas for innovative ventures.