UPDATE: The 2020 competition has been canceled.
Join us for the inaugural Wisconsin High School Business Model Competition and compete for a share of $15,000 in scholarships to be awarded to high school students across the state.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation presents the 2020 Wisconsin High School Business Model Competition open to junior and senior high school students. Students present an idea/solution for a problem that could/has lead to a business. Finalists selected to compete in the competition will have three minutes to pitch to a panel of judges. Students can participate as an individual or with a team of three; either way all you need is an idea to compete.
Open to all Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors. Solo entrepreneurs and team applicants qualify (max of 3 team members). Not limited to specific business categories; all types of ideas are welcome. Existing ventures eligible if lifetime revenues and/or investment is less than $10,000.
1st Place: $8,000 Scholarship to attend UW Oshkosh
2nd Place: $5,000 Scholarship to attend UW Oshkosh
3rd Place: $2,000 Scholarship to attend UW Oshkosh
Students not attending UW Oshkosh will be presented with a max award of $200 per team member. Awards will be distributed evenly among team members.
The first round of the competition will take place online and involves the submission of an application through Reviewr. Each submission will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of various business professionals. Thirty (30) teams will advance to the final competition at UW Oshkosh. Finalists will be announced on April 17, 2020.
There is no cost to participate.
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12 p.m.
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 2020
Event Details – SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020
The 2020 competition has been canceled. Please join us again in 2021.
Thirty finalists and their families will be selected to present their business idea to a panel of judges during an all-day event on Saturday, May 9th 2020 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Finalists will have three minutes to pitch, followed by two minutes of questions and answers with the panel of judges. Judges will be drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including industry experts and executives, funders, founders and other specialists. The judges will evaluate pitches based on a set scorecard criteria. This feedback will be shared with the finalists.
Slides and/or visuals will be highly recommended at the finals event. Teams will have access to a computer, projector and microphones. Presentations should focus on the problem/solution, market opportunity, revenue model, competition, team qualities and next steps.
Presentations will be given in front of judges and other finalists. Family and/or friends are also permitted in the presentation rooms, but non-team members may not speak during the presentations or Q&A.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
This schedule is tentative and subject to change.
|8:30-9:15 a.m.||Breakfast & Welcome|
|9:30-10:45 a.m.||Semi-Finals Round|
|10:45-11:45 a.m.||Campus Tours, Judges Deliberate|
|11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.||Lunch, Announce Finalists|
|12:45-1:30 p.m.||Extra Activities|
|1:45-3:15 p.m.||Finals Round & Awards|
|3:15-4 p.m.*||Reception & Networking|
Semi-Finals: Judges in each room will decide the top three teams to advance to the finals (nine total).
Students will be responsible for all transportation and lodging associated with participating in the Wisconsin High School Pitch Competition. Parking will be cleared and optional housing will be available in the Gruenhagen Conference Center on the UW Oshkosh campus.
* Finalists who present in person and their families will also be invited to a congratulatory reception on campus immediately following the event where they will meet with corporate executives.