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Business Plan Competition

This competition is for Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming based companies which have been in business for less than 2 years and have not received any Angel or Venture Capital funding prior to the competition.

Each plan must include at least one person on the management team who is a current graduate student at any Colorado, Montana, or Wyoming university. Teams with at least one undergraduate student or alumni of the University of Colorado Denver may also apply.

Business plan must be based on original work: creating a new business or substantially improving an existing business. Finalists must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to receive monetary prizes.

PitchBurner is the application and reviewing platform the Jake Jabs Center uses to manage all submissions.

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Submit your plan through PitchBurner 

*PitchBurner is an application and reviewing platform which the Jake Jabs Center uses to manage all submissions to the Business Plan competition.

Do you have more questions?

Watch our Orientation video and visit the Question and Answer section for more details.

Competition Timeline

February 12, 2015 5:15pmOrientation

March 30, 2015 5:00pm – Application Deadline: All companies interested in participating in the BPC must apply, agree to the competition rules and regulations and sign off on the competition waiver. Only Executive Summaries are due on this date.

April 7, 2015 5:15pm – Plan Improvement Workshop: Applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a plan improvement workshop where they can ask entrepreneurs and industry experts questions about their business plans (The event is not required, but highly encouraged).RSVP 

April 24, 2015 7:00pm — Social Media Challenge Due

April 30, 2015 5:15pm — Pitch Night (In person): Business community members will act as mock investors to which competitors will pitch their plans in an effort to raise hypothetical investments (This event is mandatory if you did not attend the Virtual Pitch night).* 

May 5, 2015 5:15pm — Virtual Pitch and Presentation Night: Required event for  out of state and 11-Month MBA applicants.

May 8, 2015 5:00pm — Final Business Plans Due (*extended date): Applicants must submit a complete and final business plan on PitchBurner and one hard copy to the Program Manager.

May 22, 2015 — Top 15 Plans Announced

May 29, 2015 — Finalists for BPC Announced (*extended date)

June 10, 2015 Business Plan Competition Presentations and Awards Luncheon at the Denver City Center Marriott.

*Alternative connections will be provided for out of area/state competitors to participate in the Plan Improvement Workshop and Elevator Pitch Night


Cash Awards: Over $25,000 in cash awards available to finalists. Finalists must have an EIN to receive monetary awards.

In-Kind Awards: Up to $50,000 in in-kind awards available to finalists. In-kind service hours include, but are not limited to marketing, accounting, and legal services.

Mentorship and Incubation: Finalists will receive an experienced mentor from the business community, as well as the opportunity to become a Jake Jabs Center Incubator company.

Plan Suggestions

  • Complete plan should be around 25 pages, not including appendices. Try to avoid exceeding 30 pages.
  • Executive Summary should be 1-3 pages and should be the first section of the plan.
  • Plan should include these major sections: Executive Summary, Business Description and Vision, Value Proposition, Market, Industry and Competitive Analysis, Description of the Products and Services, Organization and Management, Marketing and Sales Strategy, Financial Analysis and Management
  • Visit the Website for more information on composing a business plan.
  • Visit the Entrepreneur magazine website for examples of various business plans.
  • Plan to attend the Plan Improvement Workshop on April 14th for in-person guidance.

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