Sunday, May 22, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm PST
On-line via Zoom
Expecting 47 teams from seven states to compete for cash start-up funds
Scroll below for event links, which will be activated on May 22, 2022
Event will start with opening remarks at 8:30AM PST in Zoom Room #A
Judging panels in every Zoom room will evaluate 9 or 10 business teams, advancing their top team to the FINALS event. Scores from written business plans are combined with today's presentation scores to determine the top teams. Five teams, one from each Zoom room, will pitch again in competition for the coveted OVERALL WINNING TEAM.
In addition, the Finals Event will determine the order of top awards for each category of competition.
WHAT IS THE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION ABOUT?
You have an idea, a product or service that will set the world on fire. Yet even with a great idea, entrepreneurs need to have a well-developed business description, marketing research, defined strategy and a thorough financial framework. Imagine you're on Shark Tank - how will you get the attention of the judges? You need more than an idea...
you need a solid business plan.
Project ECHO’s High School Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan Competition simulates the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from investors. On competition day, teams present their start-ups to a panel of judges who will collectively evaluate the quality of the written business plans, along with the presentations.
Cash start-up funds (that can be applied toward college) are awarded to the top three teams in each competition category. This year, the categories are Products, Services, and Social Enterprise. Remember, in every competition, not everyone can win, but as every successful entrepreneur knows, failure is an inevitable part of the road to success. This competition aims to not only crown the winners but to also help build a generation of successful business and community leaders who are willing to take risks.