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2014 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition

The TEC Institute - Center for Entrepreneurship


2015 Ohio State Business Plan Competition Launch Event

Let’s Get Started! Join us to kick off the 2015 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition in the Mason Hall Rotunda on September 24, 2014 at 6:00pm. Good food will be served up with a proven startup concept development program offered by Mike Blackwell, Senior VP, Entrepreneur Development, TechColumbus.  Mike will bring his Concept Academy program to us and present it along with Dr. Michael Camp, Executive Director of OSU's Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (TEC) Institute.

After the presentation, be prepared to talk with our team of experts to help start you in the right direction to develop your concept.  Your team will be able work one-on-one with a mentor that can assist you. 

The OSU Business Plan Competition is open to all OSU students, faculty/staff but must have at least one current student on the team. Students may also invite community members to participate on the team.

Register HERE for the Launch Session


To apply to compete in the competition visit

Contact Nikki Modlich at with any questions.

The TEC Institute at Fisher College of Business hosts the competition.

2014 Winners

Open Track

Show1st Place – KAir Battery
Provider of highly efficient and cost effective large-scale stationary potassium air batteries
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Show2nd Place – Panacea
Drug discovery platform combining the advantages of small molecule therapeutics and biologics without the drawbacks of either Read more

Show3rd Place - TransDX
A personalized medicine company focused on identifying, acquiring, validating, and commercializing unique medical diagnostics Read more

Undergraduate Track

Show1st Place – Juiceboxx
Maker of a protective case for your MacBook charger that features a clean, simple aesthetic with a unique design Read more

Show2nd Place – Stacker
Making it easier for busy students to connect with one another by providing straightforward and secure schedule management tools Read more

Show3rd Place – Soundscape
Providing innovative products that add value to the electronics you use everyday
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The Spirit of the Competition

The Ohio State Business Plan Competition purports to stimulate and nourish the entrepreneurial spirit in any full-time or part-time Ohio State University student. In particular, this competition seeks to:

  • Encourage entrepreneurially-oriented graduate and undergraduate students to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas and technologies.
  • Provide the students with educational workshops to develop their ideas and pitch their ventures to investors. These programs provide constructive feedback for increasing the probability of successfully launching their ventures.
  • Provide the best business plans with substantial resources to assist the winning student teams with launching their ventures.

To provide a relatively level “playing field” for student teams, the directors of the Ohio State Business Plan Competition and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Fisher College of Business have developed the following set of rules that all participating teams are expected to satisfy.

At the same time, the directors recognize that no set of rules, no matter how thorough or carefully developed, can ever cover all circumstances. Accordingly, all teams are expected to abide by the specific rules enumerated below as well as the overall spirit of the competition. The directors reserve the right to disqualify any team that violates the rules, regulations, or the spirit of the competition.

Competition Details

Round 1: Conceptual Business Case Round

Upon registering for the competition, teams begin the competition by submitting answers online to questions pertaining to your business case that clearly explain the business ideas and market opportunities for their given products or services. Judges evaluate the cases and select the top business ideas based on specific criteria to advance to the second round.

Round 2: Business Plan Round

During this round, the teams test viability, perform market analysis, identify customers, prepare financial projections, and write a ten page maximum business plan for their ideas. After teams submit their business plans, judges review the plans and select the finalists based on the overall strength of the solution/opportunity, management team strength, market dynamic, financials and implementation plan.

Round 3: The Final Event & Awards Reception

The finalists present their business plans to a panel of expert judges (entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private investors, faculty, and leading consultants) during the final event. Judges select the first, second, and third-place winner. The awards reception follows on the evening of the final competition and the winners are announced at that time. Both undergraduate and graduate teams will be available during the reception to allow the opportunity for those interested to connect with them. 

View a slideshow from the 2010 Calfee, Halter & Griswold Awards Banquet.