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BUSINESS PLAN GUIDE

GUIDELINES & INSTRUCTIONS

Upload your PDF file via the online submission form.

  • File must be no more than 5MB in size.

  • File must be no more than 23 pages in length, including cover and appendices. The business plan should be a maximum of 13 pages (1 cover page, 2 executive summary pages and 10 business plan pages). You may add up to 10 pages of appendices.

  • Submission must be a SINGLE PDF file. No other formats will be accepted.

COVER SHEET

  • Business Name
  • Names of all team members (include program of study for students)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Not more than 2 single spaced pages (8.5″x11″)
  • Font size no smaller than 12pt
  • Margins of at least 1 inch on all sides

BUSINESS PLAN

  • Not more than 10 single spaced pages (8.5″x11″)
  • Font size no smaller than 12pt
  • Margins of at least 1 inch on all sides
  • You may include up to 10 pages of attachments or appendices

BUSINESS PLAN JUDGING CRITERIA

  • How large is the market and how fast is it growing?
  • Can you be a “significant player” in this market?
  • What long-run rate of profitability do you expect to see in this market?
  • What is the new and unique value of the proposed product/service?
  • Is there a clear customer need being satisfied?
  • How important is this product/service to the customer?
  • Has the team developed a prototype or working description of the product/service?
  • Has the team gone out to the market to test receptiveness of potential customers?
  • How will the proposed product/service be positioned in relation to competitors?
  • Can this product/service achieve a leadership position in its market?
  • From your current stage of development, how long will it take you to get to market?
  • Will the proposed venture be favorably positioned in the distribution channel?
  • How will the proposed venture produce and distribute the product/service?
  • How will operational obstacles (if any) be overcome?
  • What technology and/or other intellectual property (if any), is essential to the success of this venture?
  • How will rights to the property be secured?
  • How much will the property cost to develop and/or secure?
  • How long will it take to develop the property?
  • Have team members demonstrated leadership and initiative in other aspects of their life?
  • What specific management capability is required for the venture?
  • What relevant skills do the team members possess?
  • What roles will the current team members play?
  • How will gaps in the management team be filled?
  • What type and amount of capital investment is required?
  • Is the investment required all at once or can it be “staged-in” over time?
  • Where will the investment capital come from?
  • What is the proposed ownership structure of the venture?
  • What is the investment exit-strategy?
  • How long will it take the venture to be financially self-supporting? (cash-flow positive)
  • How will the venture be financed until then?
  • What is the expected return on investment?
  • When is the investment expected to become liquid?

RESOURCES

ENTREPRENEURS’ BOOTCAMPS

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ROUND 1: SLIDE DECK & BUSINESS SUMMARY GUIDE

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ROUND 2 (WRITTEN): BUSINESS PLAN GUIDE

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ROUND 2 (ORAL): PRESENTATION GUIDE

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