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Welcome to the 2 nd Annual West Virginia Statewide Community Business Plan Competition!

The Community BPC provides community members throughout the state of West Virginia with the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support of state institutions of higher education and investors from around the country. The competition awards technical assistance funding each year to eager entrepreneurs in West Virginia.

Eligibility: This Contest is open to:

  • individuals whose current legal residence is the state of West Virginia and who are at least the age of eighteen (18) (“Individuals”);
  • teams of eligible Individuals;
  • organizations (including corporations, not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities) that exist and have been organized or incorporated at the time of entry in the state of West Virginia, and employ no more than 50 people (“Organizations”); and
  • a non-West Virginia resident that is a student currently enrolled at a West Virginia institution of higher education who agrees to form an Organization in West Virginia within six (6) months should they receive a contest award (“Student Organization”).

The following are NOT ELIGIBLE: judging and WV state agencies involved in the administration, development, fulfillment and execution of this Contest (collectively, Contest Parties and the immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, and spouse of each); individuals who are residents of, or Organizations domiciled in, a country, state, province or territory other than West Virginia.

Competition Overview

  • Round 1: 90-seconds (maximum) YouTube online video entry
  • Round 2: Business Model Canvas (semifinals)
  • Round 3: Business Plan (finals)