Hop on the BUS! High School Business Plan Competition


Hop on the BUS! is an opportunity for North Carolina students (grades 9 - 12) to gain knowledge of entrepreneurship. The program will give students, working as individuals or teams, a “real life” experience within a formal or non-formal educational setting. The program allows our youth to discover what it would be like to generate an idea and build it into his/her own business. Additionally, one of the value added opportunities with this program is encouraging our youth to believe they can start new business ventures.

Participants will develop a blueprint of their own business during the course of this competition, which will help the business prepare for a successful start. In this competition, the judges will simulate loan officers in reviewing each student’s business plan.

Hop on the BUS! will take place during the Fall semester and Spring semester.

The contest is split into three rounds. At the end of the third round the plans are reviewed by the panel of judges and the top 10 teams are invited to submit a video presentation. The top three teams are then selected as the winners.

Full contest rules, requirements and each round of questions are included elsewhere on the site.



Competition Organizer

NC REAL Entrepreneurship, N.C. Department of Public Instruction, N.C. Council for Economic Education, N.C. Rural Center

Local US Event
Raleigh, NC
Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Competition Category
  • High School - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

Open to any High School aged student in North Carolina.

Important Dates

First Round and Registration Due- September 26, 2014
Second Round Due- October 10, 2014
Third Round Due- October 24, 2014
Semi-Finalists Selected- November 7, 2014
Semi-Finalists Videos Due- November 21, 2014
Winners Announced- December 5, 2014

Competition Prizes

Winners will be invited to an awards ceremony and will receive a certificate and medal.