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Business Plan Competition

2014 Gator Business Plan Competition

Schedule of Events

Monday, December 16, 2013

Intent to Compete forms due.
Turn in a hard copy of the form to the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (267 Stuzin Hall) or email (BigIdeaCompetition at warrington.ufl.edu) the form.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Spring Registration Deadline to enroll in the Business Plan Lab
All UF students are eligible to enroll in (or just sit in on) ENT 4934/ ENT 6930, the Business Plan Lab. This is a semester-long, two credit combined course for both undergraduate and graduate students. The class meets every Tuesday during periods 11 – E1. Priority seating will be given to those registered for the course, but the weekly lab is open to all business plan competition participants.
Graduate Business Plan Lab: ENT 6930 / section 091A
Undergraduate Business Plan Lab: ENT 4934 / section 091B

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

5:15pm - Business Plan Mixer (optional)
Reitz Union Gallery
We will host a mixer prior to the Orientation Meeting for students participating in the business plan competition and those looking to join a team. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Be ready to promote your business concept or market yourself to potential new team members. Business concept sheets and resumes are suggested. CEI will provide each team with a table tent name card to identify your business ideas so that potential team members can find various businesses that they may be interested in joining. This Mixer is optional; however, it will be a great way to network with the other teams and to find people who have expertise in areas (marketing, accounting, finance, technical skills) that you may be missing.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

6:15-8:10pm – Mandatory Orientation Meeting & first Business Plan Lab
NEW Location: Reitz Union Auditorium
At least one member from each team is required to attend the orientation meeting, though it is recommended that all team members attend. The second half of the orientation meeting is also the first class meeting of the Business Plan Lab, where the following topics will be touched upon:

  • The What and Why of a Business Plan
  • Understanding the Logic of the Plan
  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Organizing Your Effort and Your Time
  • Overcoming Flaws in Plans
  • Ideation and Concept Creation
  • Business Concept Selection and Team Formation
  • Writing Up the Business Concept and Ensuring All the Value-Creating Components

* All UF students are eligible to enroll in (or just sit in on) ENT 4934/ ENT 6930, the Business Plan Lab.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Sections I and II of Plan

  • Assessing the Industry in Which You will Operate: Definition, Size, Structure, Trends and More
  • The Company, the Products and Services to be Sold
  • Differentiation; Creating Barriers
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Section III of Plan

  • A Look at Your Market: Market Definition and Putting Numbers on Market Size and Potential
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: More on Section III of Plan

  • More on the Market: How Your Buyers Buy and How to Segment Them and Prioritize Target Audiences
  • How to Analyze Competitors and Establish Competitive Positioning
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Due by 5:00pm: 2-3 page simple business model
This overview of your proposed venture should be submitted by 5:00pm either in person at the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 267 Stuzin Hall, or through email (BigIdeaCompetition at warrington.ufl.edu).

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Section IV of Plan

  • The Economics of the Business: Determining the Cost Structure, Estimating Break-even, and Evaluating Operating Leverage
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Section V of Plan

  • The Creative (and Guerrilla) Marketing Plan
  • Promotional Mixes, Pricing and Distribution
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Section VI of Plan

  • What to Cover on Technology and Intellectual Property
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Section VII of Plan

  • How to Write Up Operations, Production and Service Delivery, and Logistics
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Spring Break - No Class

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Section XI of plan

  • Setting Up the Pro Forma Financial Statements: Cash Flow, Income Statement, Balance Sheet
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Special Workshop

  • One on One Help with the Financial Statements for Your Venture with Experts
Friday, March 21, 2014

Due by 5:00pm: Initial draft of business plan
Two hard copies of the Business Plan must be submitted to the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 267 Stuzin Hall, by 5:00pm, as well as an electronic version emailed (BigIdeaCompetition at warrington.ufl.edu).

Week of March 24, 2014

Individual meetings with teams to provide feedback on initial drafts.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Sections VIII, IX and X

  • The Management Team, Boards, and Advisors
  • Human Resource Management Needs
  • What to Say about Risks and Contingencies
  • Putting Together the Master Timetable
  • Tying Up the Loose Ends and Putting It All Together
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Section XII and Executive Summary

  • Structuring the Offering and Proposed Deal
  • Writing the Executive Summary
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Financials, continued

  • Sources of money
  • Structuring the deal
  • Putting a value on your business
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Due by 12:00pm: Final draft of business plan
Two hard copies of the final Business Plan must be submitted to in the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 267 Stuzin Hall, by 5:00pm, as well as an electronic version emailed (BigIdeaCompetition at warrington.ufl.edu). There will be absolutely no exceptions or extensions to this deadline.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top 16 Semi-Finalists Announced
The 16 teams selected for the semi-final round will be notified by 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

6:15-8:10pm, Bryan 130
Business Plan Lab: Business Plan Final Review

  • Tips for Presenting a Business Plan to Investors and Judges
Friday, April 18, 2014

Semi-Finalist Revised Business Plans Due by Noon
Six hard copies of the revised final business plan must be submitted to the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 267 Stuzin Hall, by noon, as well as an electronic version emailed (BigIdeaCompetition at warrington.ufl.edu). There will be absolutely no exceptions or extensions to this deadline.

Semi-Finals and Finals

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Semi-Finals: Top Sixteen Teams Present
Sixteen semi-finalists will present to judges between 1:00pm – 5:00pm. A reception for all teams participating in the competition will follow to announce the Final Four, who will present again the following day.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Finals: Top Four Teams Present
The top four teams will present to judges between 1:00pm – 5:00pm. All four finalist teams are invited to a celebratory awards banquet that evening from 6:00pm – 8:30pm where the winners will be announced. Successful high profile venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will judge the semifinals and finals. Please refer to the Overview and Judging section for competition guidelines.

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