Northern Michigan University students, irrespective of their major, are invited to participate in the New Business Venture Competition. Students, working individually, or in teams of up to five, can submit a plan to start a new business and compete for $9,000 in cash prizes. Students must be enrolled at the University during the 2012-13 academic year.
This Competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurial activism among students by recognizing and rewarding those who present detailed plans on designing and creating new business enterprises, drawing on their own ideas and inventions or those of others.The Competition provides a forum for these students to present their new venture plans to investors, receive meaningful feedback, have the opportunity to start a new business, and apply classroom learning to real world projects. The business plans must propose ventures that will be financially profitable, create new jobs, and be lawful.
Individuals and teams proposing new ventures can have advisors and coaches, who may be faculty members, business executives, or entrepreneurs. While this is encouraged, it is not required. However, it is the students who must present their own original ideas and participate in the various activities connected with the Competition.
The competition has two parts.
Part A – By 5:00 PM on November 15, 2012, individual students or student teams must submit an electronic “Intent to Compete” form, including a Business Proposal, for their new venture idea. These submissions are screened by a faculty/staff committee, and the chosen finalists continue on to the second part of the Competition. The decision will be made known by December 6, 2012.
Part B – The authors of the successful submissions start work on creating a detailed Business Plan, as per guidelines. A small stipend is available to each team or individual (as appropriate) to defray costs of developing the plan. The electronic business plan, maximum of 20 pages of text and additional maximum 10 pages of appendices is due by 5:00 PM March 14, 2013 and must be submitted to email@example.com.
On April 4, 2013 students will present their business plans through participation in three activities. They are:
Activity 1 – Trade Fair
Students can develop prototypes of their products and present them at a “trade fair” with attendant informational materials and guides. If it is a service, they can develop informational materials. Students should be present to describe and explain their products/services.
Activity 2 – The Sixty Second Elevator Pitch
One member from each team or the individual contestant will make a sixty second “elevator pitch” to the judges describing the proposed business persuasively with the goal of winning financial backing. Click here to view 2009-10 Elevator Pitch Presentations.
Activity 3 – Oral Presentation of the Business Plan
Each team or individual contestant will make a 20-minute presentation to the judges, using props or electronic media as necessary. The judges will then have 10 minutes to pose questions to the contestants. Contestants will receive feedback from the judges on their proposals at a separate session.
That evening, at a gala reception, the winners of the New Business Venture Competition will be announced.
Cash prizes will be awarded.
There are three prizes for the best business plans (viability and presentation) –
First prize $4,000
Second Prize $2,500
Third Prize $1,500
The prize for the best trade fair presentation is $500.
The prize for the best elevator pitch is $500.
The New Business Venture Competition is being generously supported in part through an endowment created by Mr. Ervin Kranberg '71 BS, a co-founder and president of Professional Liability Brokers & Consultants, Inc. (PLBC), a wholesale broker in the professional liability insurance industry. The firm’s home office is in Vernon Hills, Illinois, with a branch office in Phoenix, Arizona.
Other supporters of the New Business Venture Competition are Standard Die & Fabricating president Doug Menzies '81 BS, and Northern Michigan Bank executive vice president E.J. Kostreva '93 BS.
The deadlines for the 2012-13 New Venture Business Competition are as follows –
|November 15, 2012||Submission of Intent to Compete Form and Business Proposal.|
|December 6, 2012||Individuals/Teams are informed who has been chosen as finalists. Finalists continue on to Part Two of the Competition.|
|March 14, 2013||Completed written business plans due at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
April 4, 2013
Trade fair display and presentation.
Sixty second "elevator pitch" presentation.
Oral presentation of business plans.
Judges provide competitors with feedback.
Announcement of winners.
Gala Celebratory Reception.
A panel of five judges will evaluate and select the winners of the New Venture Business Competition on April 4, 2013. These judges are drawn from the business world. The decisions of the judges are final.
For more information about the New Business Venture Competition, contact the College of Business, Northern Michigan University, at (906) 227-2947 or by email at email@example.com.
Office of the Dean
College of Business
Northern Michigan University
304 Cohodas Hall
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 227-2605 fax