Business Plan Competition

$100k in Cash and Service Sponsorships!

Applications Are Now Open! Eventbrite - 100k Tech & Innovation Finals Night

Our big business competition is back this year and will again be featuring two nights of innovation. First, on May 29th, we will have our Innovation and Technology Track applicants pitch their best ideas for you, and then, on June 5th, we will present our life sciences-based businesses.

1st Place Prize winners will walk away with $20k in cash, $15k in legal services from DLA Piper

2nd Place Prize winners will receive $5k in cash and $5k in legal services from DLA Piper

3rd Place: $5k in legal services from DLA Piper

May 14th: Registration closes at 11:59PM (midnight)

May 21st: Semifinals are being rescheduled in consideration of The Moxie Center Zahn Prize Competition. Please check back soon for information on the reschedule.

Contestants should check the Rules Page to understand the competition rules and their eligibility. You do not need prior experience or a business student in order to compete.

RSVP To Compete.

If You Don’t Have an Idea, Attend the Seminars and Register The Idea Later. We Have Designed the Seminars To Teach Idea Creation.

Eventbrite - 100k Tech & Innovation Finals Night

Early Registration and Seminar Attendance Confers High Advantage. 

Entrepreneur In training Seminar Series

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We know that not everybody knows how to get started recognizing opportunity and going down the road to entrepreneurship. That’s why we are offering our seminar series from the elevator pitch sequence over again, as well as several guest lectures from several excellent business leaders and technical experts that are friends to the Challenge

May 29th: Tech and Innovation Finals Night

Eventbrite - 100k Tech & Innovation Finals Night

June 5th: Life Sciences Finals Night Presented by the John G. Watson Foundation

Eventbrite - 100k Life Sciences Night Finals

Our Contestants are judged by the following criteria, so keep these in mind as you develop your idea

  • Feasibility/fundability of this business.  Could the young entrepreneur reasonably start this business given the right support?  Would you give your money to this entrepreneur to start this business?
  • Coach-ability.  The most important determinant of a start-ups success is the team. Is the team cohesive? Do they have the skill-sets needed to persevere? Do they have past experience with one another and work well together? Most of all, do they take coaching well and learn quickly by listening and trying quick test trials for what they do?
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit.  Knowing that passion and perseverance are a key to success for an entrepreneur, how passionate is this student about their idea?
  • Innovation.  Knowing that entrepreneurs are innovators and a creator, how unique is the business idea?  Is this an innovative business?
For a list of rules and guidelines, please see our rules page

Past Winners

We are also very proud of our past participants! Please see our alumni page for some of our past participants and our page showcasing last year’s competition!