The Plan

You’ve completed your research, written your business plan and polished it until it shines like the brass railing on a passenger cruise ship. Now it’s time to submit your plan online to have it judged by a panel of investment, business and community leaders. Scores from the business plan judging will be paired with rankings from the Interviews and cumulative scores will be used to determining the teams that move on to the presentation round. This year, six Graduate finalist teams and eight Undergraduate semifinalist teams will move on to the oral competition. The eight Undergraduate semifinalist teams will compete on Friday, April 8 to determine the six Undergraduate finalists that will compete on the Saturday, April 9 for first, second and third place winners.  The six Graduate finalists will compete on Saturday, April 9 to determine the first, second and third place winners.

The finalist teams will earn $1,000 each with advisors/mentors awarded $500 each. Judges who score the written business plans will provide feedback that can be used by teams to improve their presentation should they advance to the next round.

Logistics and Deadline for Business Plan Submission: All written business plans will be submitted electronically as PDF files by 3 p.m. March 7, 2016. No printed copies are required for the written portion of the competition. All business plans will be submitted electronically following instructions provided when you register your team on the Official Gov Cup Application Form and the Official Business Plan Submittal Form. Each business plan, including all appendices, will need to be saved to a single PDF file less than 10MB in size. Plans will undergo an independent review after which the eight Undergraduate semifinalist and six Graduate finalist teams will be posted online and an email notification will be sent to Team Leaders and Advisors with judges’ comments.


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