The UT Dallas Annual Business Idea Competition is sponsored by the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas (IIE). The competition, held during the Fall semester of each year, includes both undergraduate and graduate divisions. Scholarship awards and cash prizes will be offered to student teams for the best business ideas in each division.
Teams must submit (online) intent to compete on or before October 5, 2012. Preliminary written submissions are due on October 5 and will be evaluated by a reviewer panel. The top submissions in each division will be selected as semi-finalists (to be announced on October 19th). The semi-final and final rounds of the competition will be held on November 16th. Semi-finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges in the morning session, with the top teams moving on to the final rounds where they will present their ideas to a different panel of judges. Winners will be announced at a reception following the competition. Details are provided below.
The winning teams will be encouraged to develop full business plans, with faculty guidance, for competition in regional and national business plan competitions in the Spring of 2013.
For further information, contact the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UT Dallas (Nancy J. Hong) at 972-883-5990 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This competition is focused on the business concept: the customer need, the entrepreneur’s solution, the competitive market, and the business model. Teams are not expected to submit a complete business plan – the investment opportunity and experience of the management team will not be emphasized.
Eligibility to compete in the 2012 UT Dallas Annual Business Idea Competition is subject to the following criteria:
The University of Texas at Dallas Annual Business Idea Competition will be judge base on the following criteria:
1. Business Idea (70%)
a. Originality (business idea is new, novel, unique)
b. Clear and compelling value proposition (legitimate, recognized need; appropriate solution)
c. Competitive advantage (creates more value for customer than alternative solutions)
d. Market opportunity (adequate market size; viable business model)
e. Feasibility (reasonable prospect of funding and successful implementation)
2. Presentation (30%)
a. Presentation materials (clear, comprehensive, logical flow)
b. Delivery (clear, compelling, persuasive)
c. Q&A (answered judges questions directly, clearly, effectively)
d. Time management (effective use of allotted time)
All participants and judges will be invited to the awards ceremony to be held immediately following the finals. The awards ceremony will be held at the Jindal School of Management Atrium.
For further information, contact the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UTD (Nancy Hong) at 972-883-5990 or by email (email@example.com) .
|Business Idea Competition Kickoff
|9/4/12||4:00PM-6:00PM||JSOM EDR||Register Now!|
|Training Session I: Business Planning||9/11/12||3:00PM-5:00PM||JSOM 1.508||Register Now!|
|Training Session II: Elevator Pitch Workshop||9/12/12||3:00PM-5:00PM||JSOM 1.118 and Atrium||Register Now!|
|Training Session III: Business Planning||9/19/12||10:00AM-12:00PM||JSOM 2.902||Register Now!|
|Intent to Compete Due||10/5/12
|4:00PM||Online Submission||Email form to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Preliminary Submission Due||10/5/12||4:00PM||Online Submission||eLearning|
|Training Session IV: Feedback Session||10/23/12||By Appointment||By Appointment||Register Now!|
|Training Session V: Plan Review/Coaching||11/6/12||By Appointment||By Appointment||Register Now!|
|Training Session V: Plan Review/Coaching||11/7/12||By Appointment||By Appointment||Register Now!|
|Training Session VI: Dry Run/Critique||11/12/12||By Appointment||By Appointment||Register Now!|
|Training Session VI: Dry Run/Critique||11/13/12||By Appointment||By Appointment||Register Now!|
|Final Submission Due||11/14/12||4:00PM||Online||eLearning|
|Business Idea Competition- Registration and Breakfast||11/16/12||7:30AM-8:00AM||JSOM Atrium|
|Semifinalist Presentations and Judging||11/16/12||8:00AM||JSOM|
|Lunch with Judges||11/16/12||12:00PM-1:00PM||JSOM Atrium|
|Finalist Presentations and Judging||11/16/12||1:00PM||JSOM|
|Award Ceremony||11/16/12||4:00PM||JSOM Atrium|
Projected Awards & Prizes
|Award Category||Undergraduate Division||Graduate Division|