Business Plan Competition

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

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$100k in Cash and Service Sponsorships!

Applications Are Now Closed 

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 

  • $20k in cash
  • $15k in legal services from DLA Piper
  • One year membership to CONNECT, with access to all programing and events.
  • Waiver of the application process for CONNECT Springboard program, including assignment of a business advisor, and complete, 3-4 month multi-panel review.
  • Assuming successful completion of the Springboard program, CONNECT will provide access to their Capital Formation programing, including entry into Deal Network event(s), crowd funding initiative, and connect Springboard graduates to venture firms in Silicon Valley.

2nd Place Prize winners will receive $5k in cash and $10k in legal services from DLA Piper

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

May 21st: Registration closes at 11:59PM (midnight)

May 22nd: Executive Summaries must be submitted by 10am.


Semifinals have been rescheduled for Friday, May 23rd from 4-8PM at the Rady School of Management. Contestants will be contacted after they register to begin the scheduling process. Please be prepared to submit an Executive Summary after submitting your application.


How To Compete:

  • Applications Are Now Closed
  • Prepare an executive summary document about your business.
  • Prepare a 10 minute presentation with PowerPoint Slides about your business.
  • During the Semifinals the judges will receive a copy of your Executive Summary and you will have 10 minutes to present (with PowerPoint slides) to a panel of judges about your business. There will be 5 minutes of Q/A after the presentation.
  • During the finals you will have 10 minutes to present (with PowerPoint Slides) to the Judges and Audience.

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.

We can provide help constructing your business pitch and presentation. Register for our upcoming seminars to gain insights and practice your pitch with Venture Capitalists and professional pitch consultants.

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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

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

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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!