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Having a winning idea is one thing, but making enough money at it to support your ambitions and lifestyle is another. Start with a good idea that fills a need or void in the marketplace. Add a strong team, sound strategy and add a little capital, and watch your dreams become reality. As this competition evolves, visit this section to review timely information to help you turn your idea into a reality.

Teachers, share the High School Business Plan Competition with your students! Below you will find a downloadable deck to learn more about the competition itself and share with your classroom.

Round 1
In Round 1, you will formulate your business idea, build a team, and complete the Lean Canvas, a high-level overview of what your business will be.

Using the Lean Canvas

Social Entrepreneurship

  • What Is a Social Enterprise?
  • 5 Reasons Why Social Entrepreneurship Is The New Business Model (Forbes)

Round 2

In the final round, teams write and submit a complete business plan and present  their business idea  to a panel of judges, followed by a Q&A session.

Pitching a Business Idea

Writing a Business Plan

    • SBDC: The Winning Business Plan

    Get Creative

    Business Resources

    No matter how far you advance in the competition, these resources are useful to startups or businesses in any stage.

    West Virginia Business Information

    National Business Information

    Financial Information

    Starting a Business

    Intellectual Property

    Intellectual Property, often known as IP, allows people to own their creativity and innovation in the same way that they can own physical property. The owner of IP can control and be rewarded for its use, and this encourages further innovation and creativity to the benefit of us all.

    The four main types of IP are:

    • patents for inventions - new and improved products and processes that are capable of industrial application
    • trade marks for brand identity - of goods and services allowing distinctions to be made between different traders
    • designs for product appearance - of the whole or a part of a product resulting from the features of, in particular, the lines, contours, colors, shape, texture or materials of the product itself or its ornamentation;
    • copyright for material - literary and artistic material, music, films, sound recordings and broadcasts, including software and multimedia

    For more information, visit the  US Patent and Trademark Office website.

    Your Future

    Browse these resources to begin planning for your college education and future career!

    College Prep

    Career Readiness