Business Plan Competition
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.
Each year, the three best submissions are selected by a four-person jury of business professionals and academics to compete in the Final Round. The videos produced by these three teams are then shown during a special session held at the NIBS Annual Conference in May, where delegate votes help to determine the winner.
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
The entry fee for the 2020 Business Plan Competition is €150. The deadline for registration is December 1, 2019.
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.
See submissions from past winners and finalists.
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