2013 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition
Center for Entrepreneurship
OSU Business Plan Competition
2013 Competition Winners
Open Track Undergraduate Track
1st Place: Onco Filter 1st Place: NMC Athletics
2nd Place: Employer Book 2nd Place: JerkyBro
3rd Place: Buckeye Surgical Optimizations 3rd Place: CHAARG
Top Clean Energy Award
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Clean Energy Award
The OSU Office of Energy and Environment is sponsoring a $1,000 award to the top clean energy team in the 2013 competition. The top team will be chosen from either track of the competition. These teams will also be eligible to go on and compete at the state level in the Department of Energy's Clean Energy Challenge. Teams advancing from the State level will move to the regional competition and compete to be a part of the national competition. See details above in More Information.
Social Enterprise Award
The Tony R. Wells Foundation is sponsoring a $2,000 award for the top social enterprise team in the 2013 competition. The top team will be chosen from either track of the competition.
The Spirit of the Competition
2009 Winning Team
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:
2007 Winning Team
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.
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 investment criteria to advance to the second round.
Round 2: Business Plan Round
During this round, the teams test viability, perform market analysis, prepare financial projections, identify customers, and write complete business plans for their ideas. After teams submit their business plans, judges review the plans and select the finalist based on the overall quality of the opportunity, management team strength, market dynamic, and other investment criteria.
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 Calfee, Halter & Griswold Awards Reception follows on the evening of the graduate competition and the Center for Entrepreneurship announces the winners 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.