The Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition will consist of professionals from a wide array of industries including successful entrepreneurs, professional services providers, venture capitalists and angel investors who will judge the business plans based on criteria presented in the Written Business Plan and the Oral Presentation Scorecards.

Small Business-Written Business Plan Scorecard
Small Business-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 Small Business Division semifinalists. 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.

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.  

April 1, 2016 is the deadline for the Revised Plan and Powerpoint Presentation, the Official Oral Competition Submittal Form, and the Paulsen Award application. Business plans will be submitted online so no hard 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.

The Pitch
In addition to the team presentations, a representative from each team 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 one student in the Small Business Division with a $5,000 scholarship that can be used for tuition on any Oklahoma college campus.

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 finalists will be announced after the competition on April 6, 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