2014 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition
The TEC Institute - Center for Entrepreneurship
Announcement: Teams advancing to round two
2013 Business Plan Competition top teams
A team of six Fisher MBA students, one Fisher undergraduate student and three biomedical engineering students took first place honors in the 2013 Ohio State University Business Plan Competition. Read more.
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:
2009 Winning Team
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, 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 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 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.