The registration deadline is approaching for the 2021 Florida Atlantic University Business Plan Competition, which awards budding entrepreneurs a top prize of $10,000, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place.
Participants must sign up by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8. The 13th annual competition, hosted by FAU’s Adams Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, seeks to identify and reward new, independent business ventures in need of start-up capital.
FAU students, faculty, staff members and recent graduates are eligible to participate. To register, click here.
“We’re looking forward to another great competition in 2021,” said Roland Kidwell, Ph.D., director of the Adams Center. “The goal is to nurture and grow new ventures and help student entrepreneurs realize their dreams. The competition has an amazing group of alumni, and some of them have eventually turned their start-ups into multimillion-dollar companies with hard work, dedication and guidance from their mentors.”
Participants will practice their business concept pitches on March 5, and those named semifinalists will present to judges on March 26. Finalists will be notified on or before April 2 and will make their presentations on April 16. Presentations will be via Zoom, but the finalists will make their pitches in person at FAU’s College of Business.
Also this spring, the Adams Center will be hosting an Entrepreneur Boot Camp that will meet each Wednesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 through April 14. The series of classes will cover business plans, pitching to prospective investors and projecting sales revenues, among other topics.
The boot camp is open to FAU students ($75), FAU alumni/faculty/staff ($150) and the community at large ($250).
For more information on the Business Plan Competition or the boot camp, email [email protected]