Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship


The goal of the Purdue University's Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition is to provide an opportunity for Purdue students to learn about entrepreneurship through the development and presentation of a business idea to a panel of judges.

Participants in the competition will have an opportunity to define their ideas in commercial terms and to compete for substantial cash prizes that could be used to further the commercialization of their inventions.



Local US Event
West Lafayette, IN
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Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Other
Who's Eligible

All West Lafayette Purdue students are eligible to participate in the competition. Non-students such as Purdue alumni, faculty, staff, and local residents can also be team members (if they can demonstrate a connection to Purdue University), but currently enrolled Purdue students must make the final presentations to the judges. If any team violates the language, spirit or intent of this rule, the team may be disqualified and any prize money forfeited based on the sole discretion of the organizers, who shall be held harmless due to such actions.

Teams that placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in a previous Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition are not eligible to enter the competition. Teams in the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition are allowed to submit only one business plan per year and that students may not be a member of more than one team.

Competition Prizes
Place Gold Division Black Division
1st $30,000 $20,000
2nd $15,000 $10,000
3rd $7,500 $5,000
4th $3,750 $2,500
5th $3,750 $2,500
Subtotals $60,000 $40,000