Competition Eligibility.  The presenter must be a student at a Connecticut college or university during the current academic year.  (Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams.)  In keeping with the spirit of the competition to foster entrepreneurship, neither plans written for outside companies as student projects nor plans written on behalf of a company not student-owned and conceived are eligible—except for Support Service categories G and H.
Teams must have a faculty adviser from the submitting institution .

Categories and Awards:  Cash awards are granted to the student companies; trophies are awarded to the schools. 
Cash awards over $1000 must be used for business launch or growth expenses. We can reimburse actual expenses or pay an invoice on your behalf. Please check with  to verify that an expense is eligible. To receive checks, winners will need to provide an FEIN for the company or SSN of the team leader.   

BUSINESS PLANS. Apply at   by April 18, 11:50 pm.   Finalists announced April 23.

A.    Venture Enterprise. Scalable, capital intensive, large market. $5000 in cash awards [trophy for 1st place school]
           Best Executive Summary (the online application) $500.   
B.    Personal or Service Business. Limited market, little capital needed.  $5000 in cash awards [trophy].
           Best Oral Presentation $500.
C.    Social Enterprise $5000 in cash awards [trophy]
D.    Consumer Product. [trophy] $5000 in vouchers for prototype, design, marketing, insurance, legal or inventory

E.    Mobile App. Judged on UX and performance. [trophy] $5000 in vouchers for development or marketing.
F.     Growth Plan for Established Business (including a student family business) $5000 in cash awards [trophy].

SUPPORT SERVICES. Apply at  by April 18. 
All applicants are automatically finalists.  "Client" may be actual or hypothetical (student project.)  
Designers and Videographers will have an 18”x60” exhibit table. (Bring and extension cord if you need power.)
Judges will visit the tables, as will entrepreneurs in need of design or videography services (so bring business cards).  

G.   Branding Portfolio by Design student for a student or non-student business (logo, website, plus social media or  print ad or flyer).  Judged on projection of desired image and “brand promise”. [trophy] $1000 in cash awards.
H.   Marketing Video 15 to 120 seconds. Produced for a student or non-student business. [trophy] $1000 in cash awards.  Judged on how well it captures and holds viewer attention; sells convincingly; and drives call to action.


BUSINESS PLANS (Categories A-F). Apply at by April 19, 11:50 pm.   Finalists announced April 23.

SUPPORT SERVICES (Categories G-H). Apply at  by April 23 at noon.  All applicants are automatically finalists.

Additional Service Vouchers To Be Awarded To Selected Finalists
1.     Legal Services package from Wiggin and Dana $2500 in-kind
2.     Professional patent searches $500 to $1000 value [Ziegler IP Law Group; Law Offices of Michael Blake]
3.     Provisional Patent Filing Preparation [Ziegler IP Law Group]
4.     LLC Filing [Law Office of Clifford R. Ennico]
5.     Scholarships to Entrepreneurship Summer Accelerator in June, including hotel accommodations
6.     Vouchers for 6 months of rent at an incubator or co-working space for the price of one month rent
        [B:Hive in Bridgeport, Agora and MakeHaven in New Haven, reSET in Hartford, Whitneyville Cultural Commons in
​        Hamden, BioCT Innovation Commons in Groton]
7.     Vouchers for 6 month’s rent at  a maker space for price of one month rent [MakeHaven, Danbury Hackerspace] 
8.     Marketing video voice over and music [Josh Hayden]
9.     Exhibit Table at Westport MakerFaire (15,000 attendance) from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday April 27 

Finals: Friday April 26, 1pm -5pm.  Parents and friends welcome.  Location TBA.
BUSINESS PLANS (3-minute PowerPoint pitches plus Q&A with the judges.)
SUPPORT SERVICES.  Designers and Videographers will be allocated table space to showcase their work. Judges will visit tour the exhibit area, as will entrepreneurs in need of design or videography services.
ELEVATOR PITCHfor Business Plans in Concept Stage. 30 second pitches. Problem and Solution only. No audiovisuals.  This is an individual, not a team competition. There is no pre-application.  Anyone attending—even students presenting in other competitions—may give an elevator pitch (as long as it is not the same concept as for the full business plan competition).  First place $600, $400 second, $200 third. 


Competition administered by the Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization.     (203) 540-5903 

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Finalists and Winners

$30,000+ in cash awards + $10,000 in start-up support services

Connecticut Business Competition (1:00 - 3:00 pm)  Entrepreneurs Conference (3:00 - 4:30 pm)

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