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Business Plan Competition Workshop 1, February 26, 2021
Finalists Announced for West Virginia Collegiate Business Plan Competition
Six state colleges and universities will be represented in the 2020-2021 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition finals, making it the most diverse group of finalist teams in the competition’s 15-year history.
Colleges and universities that are moving into the finals include: Concord University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.
“We were excited to see a wide range of representation from across the state make it into the final competition,” said Tara St. Clair, program lead of the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics.
Finalist teams will be competing for an at-large award of $40,000, which has been made possible by Ray Zinn, founder of Micrel Semiconducters and the longest-serving CEO in Silicon Valley. This is the third year that Zinn has sponsored the business plan competition.
Finals will be held on Friday, April 16 via zoom.
Business Plan Competition Semifinalists Announced
Fourteen state colleges and universities will be represented in the 2020-2021 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition semifinals, with a total of 24 teams moving onto the next stage of the competition.
Semifinalist colleges and universities include Bluefield State College, Blueridge Community & Technical College, Concord University, Davis & Elkins College, Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Marshall University, New River Community & Technical College, Potomac State College, Shepherd University, University of Charleston, West Liberty University, West Virginia State University and West Virginia University.
Based on the vote from the BPC Oversight Committee last year, we moved the top 15 scores from each category onto the semifinals and the additional teams were the top scores from institutions that were not represented. The goal of this was to be more inclusive and provide better representation from across the state.