Earl N. Phillips School of Business

Business Plan Competition

With support provided by Truist, the Center for Entrepreneurship at High Point University will hold the Eleventh Annual Business Plan Competition on April 14, 2021.  Competition winners will be awarded cash prizes 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 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.

Take a look at last year‘s Business Plan Competition!


Business Plan Competition Winners:​



2020 Business Plan Competition


Students Win $25,000 in Start-Up Funds at Business Plan Competition



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


Student Entrepreneurs Awarded $25,000



Student Entrepreneurs Awarded $15,000


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