The Presentation

You did it. Your business plan was chosen to present in the oral round of the competition.

On April 8, the eight undergraduate semifinalist teams will make a 20-minute investor presentation about their business opportunity. The delivery, content and ability to field tough questions by the judges will earn six teams the opportunity to advance to the final round of the oral presentations.

These undergraduate finalists will be announced at the conclusion of the semifinalist round of presentations. The judges’ comments will be provided after the announcements so teams can review that evening and prepare for the next day’s final round.

The six Graduate and Undergraduate finalists will present on April 9 to determine the first, second and third place winners.

April 1, 2015 is the deadline for the Revised Plan, the Official Oral Competition Submittal Form, and the Paulsen Award application. Business plans will be submitted online so no hard copies are required.

The Pitch
In addition to the team presentations, a representative from each of the Undergraduate and Graduate finalist teams also will make a 90-second pitch at the beginning of their oral presentation. This will be scored separately and the winning pitches will be incorporated into the Awards dinner ceremony. More details on this opportunity will be provided.

Oklahoma Business Roundtable Interviews
Simultaneous to the oral presentations will be interviews for the Oklahoma Business Roundtable Paulsen Award, which provides two students with a $5,000 scholarship that can be used for tuition on any Oklahoma college campus.

Rewards from the presentation round:

- $20,000 to the first place teams in both graduate and undergraduate divisions. Advisors earn $2,000 each.

- $10,000 to the second place teams in both graduate and undergraduate divisions. Advisors earn $1,500 each.

- $5,000 to the third place teams in both graduate and undergraduate divisions. Advisors earn $1,000 each.

- Each finalist team will receive $1,000, with faculty advisors receiving $500 each.

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.  

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