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The 2020-2021 Business Plan Competition will explore a different way for us to connect while keeping true to its roots—a place for entrepreneurial students from across the state to connect, to create, and start businesses. While we cannot be together in-person this year, we are working to create a virtual space that allows the energy, enthusiasm, ideas, and sharing to thrive. To this end, we are happy to speak virtually to any of your classes or organizations about the BPC. Below you will find some changes to the competition. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, comments or concerns.


What is new for the 2020-2021 competition?

· No more categories- we will no longer have multiple categories. Every team will compete against each other.

· No more grand prizes- the competition will no longer be offering grand prize money. The $20,000 of at-large money will still be distributed at the finals. This money comes from the ZinnStarter program and will be awarded by a student board compiled of students from across the state.

· Judges in the final round will be investors

·  Open to for-profit and not-for-profit ideas

·  Added semifinalist workshop in December

· 100% online for 2020-2021

 *As a reminder, each participating institution (in round 1) is guaranteed to have at least one team compete in the semifinals.


College BPC Important Dates:

November 13, 2020                         Round 1: submissions due by noon

December 7, 2020                            Semifinalists notified

December 9, 2020                            Workshop for semifinalists

February 1, 2021                               Customer discoveries due by noon

February 8-12, 2021                        Round 2: Semifinals (weeklong interviews)

February 15, 2021                            Finalists notified

February 26, 2021                            Workshop for finalists

April 9, 2021                                       Final business plans due by noon

April 16, 2021                                     Round 3: Finals