Business Plan Competition – 100% virtual

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Registration is now CLOSED for the NIBS Worldwide Business Plan Competition 2024. Please note we have made some changes to the competition. In previous years we have invited student teams to join the NIBS Annual Conference to find out the winning teams, usually in May or June, this format will change to inviting finalist student teams to present (virtually teams or zoom) to the Judging Panel on 15 May 2024, a final decision will be agreed and announced during the session.

About the competition

  • The competition is conducted 100% virtually; there are no travel requirements.
  • Students participate in teams of 2-5 individuals.
  • They can be from any academic program and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.
  • They can be from undergraduate or masters programs.
  • The task is to conceive of a new service or product offering, OR, improve an existing product or service, and create a business plan for it.
  • The deliverable (on which teams are assessed) is a written business plan and concept pitch video aimed at convincing potential investors to finance the business.
  • Registration deadline is Friday, January 26, 2024.
  • Submission deadline is Friday, March 15, 2024.
  • Entry fee is €150 per team.
  • Each participating school can enter up to 2 teams.
  • Final presentation round is mid-May 2024.
  • Registration is available below.

The NIBS Worldwide Business Plan Competition aims to stimulate entrepreneurship among students.

Teams are challenged to improve an existing service, or product, or to conceive of a new service or product offering. Teams must 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 jury of business professionals and academics to compete in the Final Round.

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
  • prize money to the winner and second and third place teams


Click through for further details on the cash prizes available for winners and runner up teams.

Past winners and finalists

The winner of NIBS Worldwide Business Plan Competition 2023 was UCLL, Belgium, Team: eConnection. LAB University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Team: Lascerna were second and Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Ireland, Panga Surf were third. 

If you are looking for inspiration the submissions of previous winners and finalists are available to view here, past winners and finalists.

Relevant Documents

You can find the competition manual here, WORLDWIDE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION 2023 (Final)


If you have questions regarding competition logistics or the status of your registration/payment, please contact the Competition Coordinator, Ms Vera Demaiter, email:


Please complete the registration form below. Payment can be made via our secure Stripe platform using this link, via the NIBS Store, or you can request an invoice via the registration form.

NIBS Worldwide Business Plan Competition 2024

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Competitions now open for registration

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