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Carson College of Business High School League Guidelines

High School League Guidelines

The competition attracts the best and brightest high school students from throughout Washington

If you’re a regional high school student, you are invited to participate in the Business Plan Competition’s high school league—with the opportunity to win your share of $12,000 in prizes. The competition lets you practice business in a real-world setting and network with university faculty and industry professionals.

Business Plan Competition judges are experienced executives, entrepreneurs, bankers and venture capitalists. They provide invaluable feedback to student teams.

Two rounds of competition

Screening Round

An online event, the Screening Round is the first major hurdle you’ll face in the competition. Each team submits a 2-minute video and a 1 page summary of its business plan on the registration site. Judges perform an initial review and narrow the field down to 4 teams.  Review the Screening Round checklist when developing your entry.

Judging

  • Video: The video is evaluated on a 1-5 scale based on the introduction/hook, team, product, market, distribution, business model, summary/close and overall impression. Review the 2-minute video rubric (pdf).
  • Executive summary: The executive summary is evaluated on a 1-to-5 scale in terms of the summary as a whole, management team, market opportunity, competitive strategy, go to market strategy and financials. For details, see the Screening Round judging criteria (pdf).

Advancing to the next round

Judges perform an initial review and narrow the field to 4 teams.

Presentation Round

The top four teams each submit a 4-7 page written business plan, a 10-15 slide pitch deck on the registration site. Teams travel to Pullman and give a 15 minute presentation to the judges.

Judging

Teams are evaluated on both their written business plans and their presentations. Be sure to review the judging criteria:

Presentation schedule

  • Set up: 10 minutes
  • Presentation: 15 minutes
  • Questions and feedback: 20 minutes

Business Plan Dinner

If you competed in the Presentation Round, you and your teammates will dine with the judges—a priceless opportunity to build professional connections. Following dinner, competition organizers announce the winning teams.

Preparation

We encourage you to attend Resource Nights, evening learning sessions that bring in experts from the local community to teach various aspects of writing and presenting a business plan. Offered throughout spring semester, sessions are open to students and the public.

Schedule

Start preparing your business plan in January…or sooner. See the schedule for details.

Rules

  • The contest is open to all high school students in the State of Washington.
  • Four members of a team will be allowed to present their idea before the judges during the Presentation Round of the competition.

Questions?

Contact Marie Mayes at mmayes@wsu.edu.

Registration and business plan submission

  • Register your team online for the competition beginning February 2, 2017.
  • Fully complete and submit your business plan executive summary and 2-minute video by March 23.
  • Review the submission checklist.

Registration

Washington State University