The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business hosts a number of business competitions each year. Students can participate as individuals or as members of a team. Community members can participate in most competitions as members of a student-led team. Here is a list of our competitions and more information about each event.
Our Opportunity Quest Business Plan Competition is held during fall semester. We host a series of workshops and activities to help students develop ideas and write effective business plans. The plans are judged by a panel of business leaders. The top ten teams receive mentoring for six weeks and then present their final plans to the judges in January. Significant cash awards are given to the top three teams to assist with the further development of the businesses.
Students who enter our Opportunity Quest Business Plan Competition are encouraged to submit these plans to the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge which is held during spring semester each year.
Students interested in this competition are mentored by faculty members and community leaders so they can make strong presentations in this state-wide competition.
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The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence supports the Dolphin Capital Marketing Competition which is held in the spring. Student teams work on a marketing challenge for one of Dolphin Capital’s portfolio companies and compete with student teams from other universities. Winning teams receive awards, cash prizes and state-wide recognition.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence identifies and acknowledges student-owned companies during spring semester each. The student winners are given cash awards to assist with the further development of their companies. All students acknowledged in this competition are encouraged to submit their financial information to the Utah Student 25, a state-wide event that celebrates and acknowledges student-owned businesses throughout the state of Utah.
Our Elevator Pitch Competition is held in April each year during our Entrepreneurship Week. Students submit a one-page summary of their business idea, and the top 20 finalists pitch their idea to a panel of judges. Prize money is awarded to the top 3 participants.
Our 72-Hour Competition is also held in April each year during Entrepreneurship Week. Students are presented with a business challenge on Monday (i.e., create a solution to a problem, sell specific items on campus, create and film an infomercial, etc.), and then given 72-hours to complete the challenge. The top three teams are announced on Friday of Entrepreneurship Week and given cash prizes.
There are competitions not sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, but available to students and/or community members to compete in.
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