Earl N. Phillips School of Business

Business Plan Competition

With support provided by BB&T, the Center for Entrepreneurship at High Point University will hold the Ninth Annual Business Plan Competition on April 17, 2019.  This year’s competition winners are eligible to win cash prizes totaling up to $25,000 for the most successful business plan ideas.

The annual competition is open to all High Point University undergraduate students enrolled full time in the spring semester of the competition year, regardless of course of study, with a few caveats as noted in the Rules/Requirements below.

A panel of judges consisting of entrepreneurs, investors, and local business leaders evaluate each business plan and the corresponding presentations made by the chosen finalists.

The objectives of the High Point University Business Plan Competition are fourfold:

  1. to promote the creation and development of new ventures at High Point University
  2. to provide University support and funding to the most innovative business ideas from undergraduate students
  3. to provide undergraduate student entrepreneurs with direct exposure to possible mentors and/or investors
  4. to provide students a forum outside the classroom where they can develop skills in “pitching” their business ideas to capital providers and entrepreneurs and to receive constructive feedback – increasing the probability of the success of their venture

Who:   HPU Undergraduate Students enrolled full time in the spring semester of the competition year – no more than three students per business team

What:  Cash prizes will be awarded for the most successful business plan ideas.

When: Spring semester of each year

How:   This is a six step process:

Step 1:  Complete the application.
Step 2:  Announcement of finalists.
Step 3:  Complete and submit the full business plan with an executive summary.
Step 4:  Complete and submit the full PowerPoint presentation.
Step 5:  Present the full business plan.  Finalists present their business plans to outside judges – 15-minute presentation with a 10-minute question and answer session from the judges.
Step 6:  Judges rank the presentations and business plans based on standard investment criteria and then determine the rank of the competitors.

Business Plan Competition Winners:



HPU Students Win $25,000 in Start-Up Funds


Student Entrepreneurs Awarded $25,000



Student Entrepreneurs Awarded $15,000


Students Awarded $15,000 in Start-Up Funds



$15,000 Awarded to HPU Student Entrepreneurs


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