Business Plan Competition

Encouraging Entrepreneurship Among Students and Alumni

The University of Miami Business Plan Competition and the 'Canes Idea Challenge, both hosted by the School of Business Administration, encourage entrepreneurship among students throughout the University of Miami. The School recognizes that successful business ideas can come from a wide range of disciplines and may originate from an individual or from a group of individuals.

The 'Canes Idea Challenge is a stepping stone for all participants to qualify for the annual Business Plan Competition held in April 2018. Students and alumni who would like to participate in the Business Plan competition must submit a concept paper by October 30, 2017 (Extended from October 23rd), to qualify for the 'Cane Idea Challenge, where they will present a two minute live pitch to an audience and judges on November 15, 2017, and finally be eligible to participate in the 2018 Business Plan Competition. Undergraduate non-Business School students must complete two workshops on Business Plan Essentials and Financial Modeling offered by the LaunchPad. These workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students participating in the business plan competition.

The Business Plan Competition has two separate tracks: (1) undergraduate student track; (2) graduate student and alumni track.



The LaunchPad will be offering two workshops at the School of Business Administration to assist participating students with writing a business plan and financial modeling. These workshops are mandatory for Undergraduate non-business students, but open to all participating students (Undergraduate and Graduate). Pizza and sodas will be provided to all those in attendance.

Please click here for Business Plan essentials and Financials templates.

Location: School of Business (TBD)

Workshop 1: Business Plan Essentials (Pick a date)

Jan 24, 2018 – 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP to by January 19, 2018

Jan 25, 2018 – 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP to by January 19, 2018

Workshop 2:  Financial Modeling (Pick a date)

February 7, 2018 – 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP to by February 2, 2018

February 8, 2018 – 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSVP to by February 2, 2018


Each year, as oral presentations approach, some students become concerned about potential issues of confidentiality. Remember that the judges are largely entrepreneurs, investors, and financial professionals who deal with confidential information in the normal course of their work, and as such, you can expect them to behave professionally. You should feel free to exclude any information you regard as truly proprietary, but keep in mind that this may have a negative impact on your performance in the competition. Also keep in mind that your general venture idea is NOT proprietary, and in the vast majority of cases revealing it will have no impact on your competitive position. No judge, mentor, or UM faculty/staff should ever be asked to sign any sort of nondisclosure agreement, and your presentations may be open to the public.
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