The Rewards

Winners from the Governor’s Cup reap intangible rewards that include the pride of having your work recognized in front of an audience of 500 and publicized statewide. But it also includes some very tangible cash prizes of $114,000 in the High Growth Division, including an additional $118,000 in the Tri-State competition in which the top two teams in each division will compete.

The competition also rewards competitors with networking, job opportunities, life-long relationships and an experience that will help guide you as you continue your journey down the entrepreneur’s path.

Governor’s Cup Awards by round:
The Paulsen Award: The Oklahoma Business Roundtable will award two high growth scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each for a $10,000 total. All students competing in the Governor’s Cup are eligible to apply.

The Interview: $1,000 to top-ranked team in each of five industry categories for $5,000 total.

The Plan: $1,000 to each of the Graduate and Undergraduate finalist teams, plus $500 each to advisors for $18,000 total.

The Presentation: $20,000 will be awarded to the first-place winning team in each division, along with $2,000 to the advisor. Second-place teams will earn $10,000, plus $1,500 to advisor and third place $5,000 with $1,000 to the advisor for a total of $79,000 in this round.

The Pitch: In addition, the 90-second pitch in each division that is selected as the top pitch will earn an additional $1,000 of $2,000 total.

Tri-State competition: The top two teams in both the Graduate and the Undergraduate divisions will advance to the Tri-State competition in Las Vegas where an additional $118,000 will be on the line.

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