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HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE GUIDELINES

Student teams compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. But the most valuable reward is the hands-on experience and business acumen they take away.

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RULES

Eligibility

  • The contest is open to all Washington State high school students. To enter the competition, a team must complete the online registration. Teams should include members possessing the essential background to enable the development of a serious business plan. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. There is no limit on the number of members; however, small teams are recommended.
  • Teams must have a school or community advisor.

Competition Rules

  • Advancing teams must present in person during the Presentation Round of the competition. Only four members of the team will be allowed to present their idea before the judges during the Presentation Round of the competition.
  • The same business idea will not be accepted at the competition more than twice. Repeat submissions after the second attempt will automatically be declined.
  • All submissions to the Business Plan Competition must live up to the higher ideals of Washington State University. Your idea must be appropriate for a university-sponsored event. The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies reserves the right to disqualify any entry that in its judgment violates the letter or the spirit of the competition or exceeds the bounds of social convention.
  • Prize money will be divided equally among all registered team members.

Preparation

We encourage all BPC teams to attend Resource Nights, a series of speaker sessions that bring in experts from WSU’s business community to discuss various aspects of starting and launching a venture. Offered throughout the spring semester, these sessions are open to students and the public.

 

THREE ROUNDS OF COMPETITION

Screening Round

The Screening Round is the first major hurdle you’ll face in the competition. Submit your 1-page executive summary and a 2-minute video online for scoring by our judges. Five presenting teams will be selected from this first round.

View Screening Round Rubric

View Video Rubric

Presentation Round

After the Screening Round, you’ll receive an email naming the teams that will advance to the Presentation Round on the day of the Business Plan Competition. If your team is selected, you’ll need to submit your full business plan (4-7 pages) and pitch deck (10-15 slides) by the deadline in the BPC schedule.

View Written Plan Rubric

How the Presentation Round Works

Our High School League includes five teams. During the Presentation Round, each team delivers a presentation of its business plan to a panel of judges, following the schedule below:

  • Set up: 10 minutes
  • Presentation: 15 minutes
  • Questions and feedback: 20 minutes

Presenting teams are evaluated both on their written plan and their presentations. Judging criteria include team presentation and style, the customer problem, solution, value proposition, competitive advantages, market and sales strategy, management, and financial planning.

Competition Awards Dinner

If you competed in the Presentation Round, you and your teammates will dine with the judges—a priceless opportunity to build professional connections. Following dinner, competition organizers will announce the winning teams.

Important Dates

Team Registration Deadline: March 8, 2019
Executive Summary Due: March 22, 2019
Business Plan & Slide Deck Due: April 15, 2019
Business Plan Competition: April 25, 2019

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Vintage Leather Soul Company, 2019 BPC High School League 3rd Place Winner, and Dean Chip Hunter of the Carson College of Business

 

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Paint Box, 2019 BPC High School League 5th Place Winner, and Dean Chip Hunter of the Carson College of Business