Berks County Business Plan Contest

FREE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION!

CONTEST WINNER RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO KAUFFMAN FOUNDATION FASTTRAC ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE,
A $1,500 VALUE!

CREATE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN AND RECEIVE FEEDBACK FROM CURRENT ENTREPRENEURS.

The Purpose

Entrepreneurs’ Connection, our hosts at The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Alvernia University and our sponsors have designed this competition to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and success for aspiring business and community leaders.

This free competition will provide participants the opportunity to research, develop and pursue their visions and business ideas.

This competition intends, at the very least, to educate and help participants understand the purpose and value of a well-prepared business plan.

Research, Develop and Pursue YOUR Visions and Business Ideas!

Requirements

There are three categories:
1. High school students
2. College students
3. First-time entrepreneurs

All participants are entered into our preliminary round, where their submissions are reviewed by a panel of local, independent judges made up of business owners and professionals.

Entries are judged on the participants’ ability to follow the rules of the contest, the details and thoroughness of their project, innovation, and feasibility in today’s market place.

The top three participants in each category are invited to the finalist’s presentation and awards ceremony at Alvernia University where they are offered 10 minutes to present their business model and plan to a panel of judges.
The members of each winning team win a scholarship to a Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® Entrepreneurs Training, a highly valued tool for today’s market and business success.

Contest Application

Don’t Settle For Less. Optimize Your Business Goals and Objectives

Rules

Teams must consist of no more than three members.

A preliminary plan must be submitted with an outline or template of the proposed business plan structure. Templates are available upon request.

Business plans are not to exceed 10 pages.

All research and information must be original from the participants’ perspectives.

In other words, the business can be part of an existing service, product or industry, but the approach and vision must be unique and cannot be fictitious.

TIMELINE

Applications are accepted Monday, February 18, 2019.

Registration closes at 9 p.m., Monday, March 18.

Business plans must be submitted by 9 p.m., Wednesday, April 10.

Finalists will be announced by email by Friday April 19, 2019

Business plan presentation and awards ceremony is held at Alvernia’ Student Center, Veronica Parkway, Reading PA 19607 on Wednesday April 24, 2019 from 5.30 – 8.30 pm.

Requirements and rules

High school and college:

Participants must be presently enrolled in school.
A faculty advisor is recommended.
The faculty advisor or one team member should be designated as a liaison.
Each school may enter as many teams as desired.

First time entrepreneurs or business owners

If the business already exists, it cannot have been in existence for more than three
years.

Entrepreneurs’ Connection

What We Can Do For You

We are a community of forward thinking entrepreneurs dedicated to enhancing and promoting business relationships through shared strategy and mastermind. We seek to create meaningful successful relationships among our members.

Kauffman FastTrac®

Is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success.

Community Outreach

We are creating urban green spaces to enhance the quality of life for our communities

Business to Business

Healthy, productive, success-oriented relationships among members & business to business referrals

Masterminds

Mastermind sessions to promote creative solutions for business and the lives of our members

Contest Application

2213 Quarry Drive, West Lawn, PA 19608.
Berkshire Hathaway Training Center on the first floor.
EC@entrepreneursconnection.us

For any additional questions, please contact Chuck Holder:
484.638.3975