South Venture Business Plan Competition

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$20,000 in cash prizes available for innovative business plans!

Have a great idea that just needs a financial boost to become a legitimate business?

Thanks to sponsorship from Alberta Innovates, the Faculty of Management and University of Lethbridge - Industry Liaison Office are pleased to host the South Venture Business Plan Competition 2013.

The competition is open to post-secondary students and 2013 graduates from the Lethbridge and Medicine Hat regions, and from the U of L Calgary and Edmonton campuses.

Participating in the competition will allow you to:

  • network with entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • tap into the talent and experience of industry professionals at a free two-day workshop
  • develop a polished business plan that will help you move from ideas to entrepreneurship

Winning entries will receive a portion of the $20,000 cash pool as seed money to be used for expenses directly related to moving their business plan forward.

The top participants from the competition will automatically be eligible to compete in the provincial TEC Venture Prize Student Business Plan Competition. Not only will you have a chance to claim the provincial title, you’ll have another opportunity to win additional prizes!

The timeline for the competition is as follows:
September & October – Promotion to students
October 24 & 25 – two day drop-in workshop
November 18 – submission deadline for 3-page first draft
November 18-22 – submissions reviewed by judges
November 25 - feedback provided to all teams
January 17 – deadline for submitting full business plans
January 17-24 - submissions reviewed by judges
January 27 - finalists chosen
February 6 – finalist presentations

Competition Guidelines

Writing the Business Case (docx 45 KB)
Writing the Complete Business Plan (docx 52 KB)