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High school teachers and college professors: use these resources to set your students up for success in the Business Plan Competition!

Round 1

In Round 1, you will formulate  your business idea, build a team, and complete the Business Model Canvas, a high-level overview of what  your business will be. Successful teams are able to competently convey an innovative business idea in a few words.

Idea Generation

The Business Model Canvas (Collegiate)

Using the Lean Canvas (High School)

Social Entrepreneurship

Round 2 (Collegiate Only)

In Round 2, semifinalists write and submit a feasibility study, sit in one-on-one interviews with multiple judges, and present a 2-minute pitch to judges and other semifinalists. Successful teams can showcase enthusiasm for their business and ultimately convince judges that their business is needed in the market and feasible to operate. 

Pitching a Business Idea

Writing a Feasibility Study

Round 3

In the final round, teams write and submit a complete business plan, and give a presentation to a panel of judges followed by Q&A. Successful teams in the final round have well-thought-out business ideas, can clearly convey the market's need for their business, and can demonstrate their commitment to the success of the business.

Writing a Business Plan

Other Resources

Recommended Books

  • Tough Things First (Ray Zinn)
  • The Ten Day MBA (Steven Silbiger)
  • The Millionaire Next Door (Stanley & Danko)
  • Seven Habits of Highly Successful People (Stephen Covey)
  • Talking to Humans (Giff Constable)

Career Readiness

College Prep (High School)