UC Irvine Business Plan Competition at the Paul Merage School of Business 2012


Registration deadline



Competition Organizer

Paul Merage School of Business; Don Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

Open to all UC Irvine Graduate and Undergraduate students. Teams must have at least three members: at least two members must be registered UC Irvine students, and at least one member must be a student in one of the Paul Merage School’s degree programs. 

Important Dates

The registration period for this competition closes on January 16, 2012. Concept papers are due on January 30, 2012. Semi-finalists must submit a full business plan by April 2, 2012. Final presentations will take place on April 27, 2012, followed by an awards ceremony.

Competition Prizes

The business plan competition is organized into four award divisions: Overall, Undergraduate, People's Choice, Medical Device

In the Overall division: 

  • First place - $15,000
  • Second place - $7,500
  • Third place - $2,500
  • Top five teams will advance to Tech Coast Angels Seed Financing Invitational

Undergraduate Division: 

  • First place - $2,500
  • Second place - $1,500
  • Third place - $1,000

Vator.tv People's Choice Award: $1,500


Other Info

The teams placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd, and two “wild card” teams, will automatically be invited to the Tech Coast Angels Seed Financing Invitational. All five teams invited to the Invitational will have the opportunity to be assigned a Tech Coast Angel executive as a coach and be screened by the Tech Coast Angel membership for up to $1,000,000 in seed financing.

The people's choice poll is based on the submission of 2 minute elevator pitches, when then get voted on by the public.

New to this year's competition, teams whose business idea revolves around a medical device will also be eligible for separate awards.