Growing a successful venture from your creative idea starts with a plan

Initiated in 2007, the Business Plan Competition invites all St. Edward’s University students with an entrepreneurial spirit to showcase their ideas before a set of judges and receive recognition in a real-world setting.

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The Competition

St. Edward’s University students are encouraged to participate as either individuals or teams and present bold ideas that improve the community and attract business investors. The competition has two stages: written business plan submissions and oral presentations.

Judges, who have a variety of business experience collectively, first assess all written business plans for accuracy and feasibility. Then, they select the top written business plans for final oral presentations. After the presentations, The Bill Munday School of Business announces the winners and celebrates all participants at a reception.

Participants are encouraged to seek mentoring and advice from faculty in the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department, many of whom have direct connections to entrepreneurs in Austin. Students should also attend the Business Plan Help Session.

Incentives and Rewards

Prize money is awarded to the top three finalists whose new venture ideas best:

  • Represent potential for success and attracting outside financing
  • Are clearly communicated and presented to the panel of judges

In addition to prize money, participants receive valuable feedback from an experienced panel of judges and prominent members of Austin’s business community. First place winners may be eligible to compete in additional business plan competitions, with financial assistance provided by The Bill Munday School of Business.

Full details for each year’s competition can be found in the Participant Information Packet. View past winners.