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Oral Presentation Guide

Semi-finalists will give a live presentation to a panel of judges. Please go to the timeline for the presentation schedule.

By entering the UH Business Plan Competition, participants agree to the following rules and guidelines.


  • Each team must bring a laptop and a copy of their presentation on a removable thumb-drive. Teams are responsible for connecting their laptop to the projector via the provided VGA cable during the breaks. Teams must provide their own adaptor to connect into the A/V system, if their laptops do not have a VGA port (eg. Mac computers). The organizers are not responsible for compatibility issues.
  • Each team will have 10 minutes to present their plan using slides.
  • The UH student(s) must do a majority of the presentation
  • Upon completion of the presentation, the judges will conduct up to 10 minutes of question and answer
  • Any member of the team may answer the judges’ questions
  • Members of the audience may not ask questions or otherwise interact with the presenters or judges
  • Teams may not observe other teams' presentations


  • Teams may NOT adjust the slides at the event
  • Teams must provide their own slide advancers, if they wish to use one.


  • Oral presentations should be based on the Product Market Summary
  • Teams are advised to consider carefully whether or not to use video and sound clips. It is not guaranteed that they will work with the AV system. 
  • Backup copies of the presentation are highly recommended. Emailing the slides to yourself ahead of time for retreival from the classroom computer is recommended.


  • The oral presentation score will be combined with the written plan score
  • Finalists will be announced on the BPC web site following the conclusion of the Semi-Finals


  • All public sessions of the Competition are open to the public. Any data or information discussed in the presentation should be considered information that may enter the public realm
  • All competitors agree to allow the University of Hawaii and the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) to record all public sessions of the Competition. Entrants understand that recordings may be copied and distributed for the purpose of marketing the competition in future years
  • The judges’ decisions are final, and teams may not make appeals or complaints against the judges, organizers, sponsors, the Shidler College of Business, or the University of Hawaii