Welcome to the 14th annual West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The competition offers a platform to college students around the state the unique opportunity to make a business idea come to life with the support of state institutions of higher education and seasoned business professionals from around the country.
Goal: To work collaboratively with a mission to help move the state forward by engaging young minds to solve West Virginia’s greatest issues. The future of our state is at hand, and we are working to involve young talent from across the state to share their ideas. We will provide students with the education, skills, contacts, and motivation necessary to create a viable, start-up company in West Virginia. Two (2) grand prize packages consisting of $10,000 cash, consulting services, and legal services are awarded to the top team in each category:
Lifestyle and Hospitality - Products or services that are part of daily life or relevant to hospitality, restaurants, hotels, tourism or related fields. They can be the introduction of new products or services, or new methods or techniques of existing products or services.
STEM and Innovation - Products or services with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, math, energy, and healthcare, or any new innovations. They can be the introduction of new products or services, or new methods or techniques of existing products or services.
In addition to the two grand prize packages, the competition awards an additional $20,000 of at-large prize money. The judges award $10,000 of at-large prize money to any finalist team(s) and a student board awards the other $10,000 donated by ZinnStarter. Ray Zinn created ZinnStarter in 2016 to support early-stage entrepreneurs to foster startups.
To get started, check out all of the downloads below, then click SUBMIT YOUR IDEA HERE (at the top of the page) to submit your idea into the 2019-20 Collegiate Business Plan Competition!