McCloskey Business Plan Competition

Compete to win more than $200,000 in cash and prizes!

Turn your ideas into profitable business solutions that make a difference – and compete to win more than $200,000 in cash and prizes!

Do you have an idea for a new product, service or technology? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the McCloskey Business Plan Competition! Tremendous resources are made available through the Competition including mentors, networking, extensive feedback and business planning software. We will surround you with resources to help set you up for success, as you build your idea into a profitable business solution!!

The deadline to enter is late October – initial requirements include a simple 2-page overview of your proposed new business idea, and an optional video pitch explaining your concept. Here’s a quick summary of the McCloskey process:

  • Round 1: Submit a simple 2-page overview of your concept – we provide the outline. An optional 2-minute video pitch is encouraged as well. Those advancing to round 2 are announced in late November.
  • Round 2: Work with an experienced mentor to understand the business model and write a transitional 10-page business plan. Those advancing to the semifinal round are announced in March.
  • Semifinal and Final Rounds: 20 semifinalist teams will present LIVE on campus in April before a distinguished panel of judges: semifinalist teams will pitch their ventures in the morning and 8 finalists will advance to the finals in the afternoon.
  • Final Event: Finalists present to the public in the Jordan Auditorium in the Mendoza College of Business. Awards totaling more than $200,000 in cash and prizes will be announced at the conclusion of the final event!