Business Plan Competition

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The NIBS Worldwide Business Plan Competition aims to stimulate entrepreneurship among students. Teams are challenged to conceive of a new service or product offering, and then create a business plan and concept pitch video aimed at convincing potential investors to finance the business.  Finalists have an opportunity to pitch their idea to a live audience of senior managers and academics.

Each year, the three best submissions are selected by a four-person jury of business professionals and academics to compete in the Final Round. These teams then present to an international audience via live remote link (Skype or similar) during a special session held at the NIBS Annual Conference, typically in May.

Participants in the Business Plan Competition benefit in a variety of ways:

  • experience creating a business model and writing a business plan
  • familiarity with primary / secondary market research and the process of conducting feasibility studies
  • feedback from a jury of senior managers and academics
  • experience working as part of a team
  • opportunity to sharpen organizational and communication skills

2019 Competition

NIBS Business Plan Competition LogoThe entry fee for the 2019 Business Plan Competition is  €150.  The deadline for registration is December 1, 2018.  Teams selected as finalists will present their plans via teleconference on the afternoon of May 9, 2019 (China Standard Time; UTC+8).

If you have questions regarding competition logistics or the status of your registration/payment, please contact the Competition Coordinator, Ana De Plus. Inquiries about rules and judging criteria should be directed to Carline Vuylsteke, NIBS Vice President.

>> Register for the competition


See submissions from past winners and finalists.

Relevant Documents

Rules and Guidelines (updated September 2018)
NIBS Business Plan Competition – Qualifying Round Evaluation Form
NIBS Business Plan Competition – Final Round Judges Evaluation Form
NIBS Business Plan Competition – Final Round Audience Evaluation Form

NIBS Business Plan Competition – Sample 1
NIBS Business Plan Competition – Sample 2
NIBS Business Plan Competition – Sample 3


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