Marquette University News Release

Marquette accepting applications for 10th annual Business Plan Competition

November 22, 2011

Early registration is Dec. 12: application fee waived, drawing for a Google Chromebook

MILWAUKEE — The Marquette University Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship is accepting submissions for its 2012 Business Plan Competition.

The application deadline, which requires completing an entry form, including a brief description of the product or service, is Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. The registration fee is $50 per team or $25 for teams with undergraduate members. The registration fee is waived for teams registering before Monday, Dec. 12. Teams that register before then will be entered into a drawing for a Google Chromebook.

At least one member of a team must be a Marquette student, faculty or staff member or an alumnus/a. Registration is available online or by contacting Tina Quealy, associate director of the Kohler Center, at (414) 288-7337 or tina.quealy@marquette.edu.

“For the past decade, Marquette’s Business Plan Competition has spawned hundreds of business plans with many entrants going on to start successful enterprises,” said Tim Keane, director of the Kohler Center. “What sets our competition apart is that it truly is about plan development. Participants have the opportunity to learn from successful entrepreneurs and participate in workshops to refine all facets of their business models.”

Following the deadline for entries, the submissions will be reviewed by a team of judges. Participants can expect individual feedback throughout the competition from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. They will also hear from previous participants and be able to share information with each other through networking workshops on business model development, plan refinement and presentation skills, which will be held periodically throughout the competition.

The fully-developed plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will select semi-finalists to participate in oral presentations. The winners, who will be announced at the Marquette Business Plan Competition Banquet April 18, 2012, will receive services, such as legal, accounting and public relations assistance. Winners also will be invited to participate in the Governor’s Business Plan Competition. Eric Koester, Marquette alumnus and co-founder and chief operating officer of Zaarly, an online marketplace for people to buy and sell products and services locally, will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

More information on the Business Plan Competition, including profiles of past winners, is available online.

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