The Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition will consist of 4 separate panels of professionals from a wide array of industries including successful entrepreneurs, professional services providers, venture capitalists and angel investors who will conduct in-depth interviews with each team that submits a business plan, judge the business plans based on criteria presented in the Written Business Plan and the Oral Presentation Scorecards.

The Interview
Every team that enters a business plan will sit down with a small panel of industry experts in a required 20-minute interview. Teams will be interviewed based on their industry category rather than academic division. There is no presentation, no handouts, no guests, just the team and the panel. Teams will be expected to display their knowledge of their business and competitive advantages, articulate the business model and how the business makes money, and display competency across the team. The team can also ask the panel for advice. After the last interview, the industry experts will rank the teams with the top-ranked team in each of five industry categories winning $1,000. The ranking will later be combined with scores from written business plan competition and used to establish a cumulative score that will help determine which teams advance to the oral competition.

Written Business Plan Scorecard
Oral Presentation Scorecard

The Plan
Business plans will be submitted online for this portion of the competition. No printed copies are required.

Oklahoma investment, business and community leaders will determine the eight undergraduate semifinalist and six graduate finalist teams. Each judge will evaluate plans based on the Written Business Plan Scorecard. The teams chosen to move forward to the oral competition will be posted online and an email notification will be sent to team leaders and advisors with judges’ comments.

The Presentation
Revised business plans will be submitted online. No printed copies are required.

The order of team presentations will be randomly selected and an email with detailed information and an agenda will be sent to each Team Leader and Advisor.

All team presentations will be conducted April 8-9 at i2E’s Oklahoma City offices. The eight undergraduate semifinalist teams will present to a panel of Oklahoma investors, business and community leaders on Friday. The six finalists in each division will present on Saturday with the top three winners in each division announced at the Awards Dinner on April 14. All presentations must be able to display on a computer running Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, Adobe Flash and Apple Quicktime with no additional software required.  Presentation rooms will not have access to the internet, so please plan accordingly.  

Decision of the judges will be final and winners announced at the Awards dinner on April 14.

Mileage and Hotel Expenses:
Each team is responsible for its own expenses incurred during the competition.

Hotel accommodations:
Since the undergraduate finalists will be announced after the competition April 8, we suggest that all semifinalist teams and advisors take into consideration the need for hotel accommodations if traveling a distance. Hotel arrangements will be made by teams.

Click here for a list of hotels near the competition location.

Useful Links:
Forms, Scorecards and Applications The Paulsen Award Application
Guidelines Sample Business Plan
Sample Deal Summary Resources
The Entrepreneur’s Handbook