University of Southern Maine Student Business Plan Competition 2011


Registration deadline 


Competition Organizer

University of Southern Maine Center for 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
This is a competition for Maine college and University students, and at least one such student must be a member of the venture’s startup management team.
Important Dates

The deadline to register for the competition is February 8, 2011. Participants must submit written business plans by March 15, 2011. Six finalists will give oral presentations on April 9, 2011, and winners will be announced on April 13, 2011 at the USM Corporate Partners Breakfast.

Competition Prizes

The top contestants in each of three tracks will get equal cash prizes and equivalent in-kind services: $2,000 cash, $7,000 prize package

On top of that, the grand prize winner, chosen from among the three track winners, will get additional cash, in-kind services and networking opportunities: $8,000 cash, $3,000 prize package.

Other Info


In addition to the business plan competition, the organizers are hosting a series of workshops to help participants perfect their business plan.

Also, an optional Video Pitch competition will be held prior to the start of the business plan competition for all Maine college students; the deadline for submissions is November 29.