Competition Timeline

October

Deadline for registration: October 30

Complete registration form and individual learning agreement(s)

Include very brief description of your product, idea, or venture

November

Participants and teams develop proposals

Incubation Sessions provide groundwork for proposal materials:  Business Research, Intellectual Property Concerns

December

Proposals due December 9

Proposals are reviewed by a panel of alumni judges with entrepreneurial experience

January

Judges select five finalists

Finalists announced January 13

Finalists receive $2,000 each in seed money and are paired with alumni/parent mentors

February

Finalists develop thorough business plans

Finalists build prototypes, conduct pilot studies, convene focus groups, etc., to test and refine the product/idea

Incubation Sessions cover advanced topics in business research and writing:  Creating Your Business Plan, Using the Bloomberg Terminal

March

Business plans are submitted to mentor by March 14

Mentor provides feedback by March 24

Incubation  Session: “Crafting the Pitch”:  Training in presenting a compelling case for your product/idea to investors and consumers

April

Incubation Session: “Creating the Slides”:  Workshop in advanced PowerPoint techniques

Final business plans due April 7

Ventures presented at final competition April 25

Judges and audience evaluate presentations and select a winner

Winning team receives $10,000!