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Carson College of Business Competition Schedule

Event Schedule

Below is a list of all Business Plan Competition events, dates, and times for 2017.

The deadline to enter the 2017 Business Plan Competition is Thursday, March 9.

To enter, you must do the following:

  • Register your team online between February 2 and March 9, 2017.
  • Upload a 1 page executive summary by Thursday, March 23.

Registration Closed


Wednesday, January 18Partnering & Pizza
Join your fellow Cougs and the Palouse entrepreneurial community for an evening of networking, partnerships, new ideas, and pizza!
Frank Innovation Zone
(basement of Dana Hall)
6-8 PM
Thursday, February 2Resource Night Kick-off: Keys to Success
Speaker: Daniel Navarro, Google for Entrepreneurs
Todd 268
6–8 PM
Wednesday, February 8Pizza & Pitch Team Connection Night
Eat pizza, pitch your business idea, and meet people who like your idea and want to work with you!
Caron Center, Todd 101
6-8 PM
Thursday, February 9Resource Night: Building and Managing a Team
Speaker: Tony Poston, President at The College Hill Group
Todd 268
6–8 PM
Thursday, February 16Resource Night: Business Formation and IP Legal Strategies
Speakers: Dave Divine & Dan Wadkins, Lee & Hayes
Todd 268
4–6 PM
6PM - WSU Basketball Game
Thursday, February 23Resource Night: Digital Marketing and Technical PR
Speaker: Paul Warner, Marketing Specialist SEL
Todd 268
6–8 PM
Thursday, March 2Resource Night: Venture Finance
Speakers: Doug Cox, Colombia Bank
Todd 268
6–8 PM
Thursday, March 9Resource Night: The Art of the Pitch
Speaker: Andy Barrett
Todd 268
6–8 PM
Thursday, March 9DEADLINE to Submit RegistrationRegister online at:
Wednesday, March 22Resource Night:
Strategies for Business Formation
Speaker:Dan Wadkins, Lee & Hayes
Todd 409
4-6 PM
Thursday, March 23DEADLINE to Submit 1 page Executive Summary
This is your official submission to the Business Plan Competition. See judging criteria and submission checklist
ALL TEAMS: Upload a PDF of your Executive Summary online.
March 26 - April 2SCREENING ROUND Initial review of all submissionsClosed session/judges only
Monday, April 3Announcement of Advancing TeamsVia email
Tuesday, April 4Team Information Night 
(Mandatory that at least one person from each team attend)
Location TBD
6–7 PM
Wednesday, April 12DEADLINE to Submit Business Plan (4-7 pages) and pitch deck (10-15 slides)PDF uploaded to competition registration site 
Friday, April 21Team Check-InNoon–1 PM
Presentation Round
Teams give 15-minute presentations. Open to judges and presenting teams only.
Todd Hall, various rooms
1–5 PM
Dinner and Keynote AddressEnsminger Pavillion 5:15–8 PM
Announcement of Final Round TeamsEnsminger Pavillion
Saturday, April 22Final Round
Top six (6) teams give their presentations to judges, who then choose the winning teams. 
Todd Hall, various rooms
9 AM–12 Noon
Lunch and Awards Ceremony HBM Dining Room
Washington State University