What’s Your Big Idea? Business Plan Competition

2020 Schedule


December 15Deadline to Submit Online Intent to Compete Form


January 9Business Plan Mixer; Mandatory Orientation Meeting + First Business Plan Lab
January 10Registration Deadline to Enroll: Business Plan Lab
January 16Business Plan Lab: Section I of Plan – The Industry, Library Resources to Support Writing the Plan
January 23Business Plan Lab: Section II of Plan – The Company, Concept, and Product(s) or Service(s)
January 30Business Plan Lab: Section III of Plan – Market Analysis (aka ‘The Market’)
February 6Business Plan Lab: More on Section III of Plan – Market Analysis
February 6Submit Business Plan Model (2-3 pages)
February 13Business Plan Lab: Section IV of Plan – The Economics of the Business
February 20Business Plan Lab: Section V of Plan – The Marketing Plan
February 27Business Plan Lab: Section VI of Plan – Design and Development Plan
March 5Spring Break (no class)
March 12Business Plan Lab: Section VII of Plan – Operations Plan
March 19Initial Draft of Business Plan Deadline – Due by 5PM
March 19Business Plan Lab: Section XI of Plan – Financial Plan
March 23-27Individual Feedback Meetings on Initial Draft
March 26Business Plan Lab: Section XI of Plan – Financial Plan Help Session
April 2Business Plan Lab: Sections VIII – Management Team, IX – Overall Schedule, and X – Critical Risks, Problems, and Assumptions
April 7Final Draft of Business Plan Deadline – Due by 5PM
April 9Business Plan Lab: Section XII of Plan – Proposed Company Offering, Executive Summary, Tying it All Together and Making the Oral Presentation
April 10Top 16 Semi-Finalists Announced
April 16Business Plan Lab: Final Wrap-up
April 17Semi-Finalist Revised Business Plans Due by Noon
April 23Semi-Finals: Top Sixteen Teams Present
April 24Finals: Top Four Teams Present