Author Profile: Amy Buttell

Hone pitches for funding, biz competition success

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A well-crafted pitch is essential whether you’re pitching in front of a panel of business plan competition judges or meeting with venture capitalists in a quest to secure funding. Your pitch, in fact, is the single most important tool in … Continue reading

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Business plans: turning the dream into reality

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For would-be entrepreneurs, there’s no hope of turning a dream into reality without a plan. Many dream about starting their own businesses; not as many make the leap from dreaming to executing. “The challenge for most people is two-fold,” relates … Continue reading

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Babson scraps business plan competition

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After 28 years of running a traditional business plan competition, Babson College’s Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship has retooled and relaunched its undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship competition as the Babson Entrepreneurial Thought and Action (B.E.T.A.) Challenge. The change is in response … Continue reading

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Solid business plans key to competition success

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For competitors in business plan competitions, the business plan is the foundational piece that spells eventual success or failure in the competition. Regardless of how well you present yourself or how many connections you have, if your business plan isn’t … Continue reading

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Unique business plan competition gives hope to men in prison

For nearly 300 men at the Cleveland Correctional Facility — a state prison near Houston, Texas — the opportunity to participate in entrepreneurship classes and a business plan competition is literally a chance at a new life. These men, who are … Continue reading

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Business plan competition winner offers insights

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As a co-founder of LinkCycle, a start-up company designed to help industrial firms assess the environmental performance of their products, Alex Loijos draws on his experience in several business plan competitions. He and LinkCycle’s co-founder, Sahil Sahni, were students at … Continue reading

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