An education experience like no other
Enter the RISE Collegiate Business Plan Competition
Commit to this 6-month journey to enhance your college experience! Get the education, skills, mentorship, and motivation necessary to create a viable start-up company in Southern Virginia! You do not need to be a business major to compete. Teams of students with diverse majors, skills, and backgrounds will have an advantage.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Every participating higher education institution is GUARANTEED at least one team in the semifinals. Give your students the opportunity of a lifetime by encouraging them to enter and by being a coach!
Open to ALL Southern Virginia college students in ALL majors
You do not need to be a business major to compete. Teams of students with diverse majors, skills, and backgrounds will have an advantage! Students from ALL higher education institutions in our region are encouraged to compete. Contact your school to let them know you’d like to start or join a team.
The Collegiate Business Plan Competition is also open to students that have a permanent address in Southern Virginia but may be attending school elsewhere in the state.
Faculty, Cormier Honors College
Director of Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Dr. Andrew King
Director, Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship
Chief Entrepreneurship & Innovation Officer
Dr. Peggy Wright
Chair, Business Administration
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Associate Director, Communications & Outreach
Patrick & Henry Community College
Dr. Nancy Phillips
Professor and Department Lead for Business Technology
Did you miss the information session on October 14th?
Watch it here.
6 Month Entrepreneurship Experience
The competition begins in November when applications are due and extends through the entire academic year, culminating in April with the final pitch before a panel of judges. The competition consists of three rounds. Feedback and instruction are given for each round. Everyone who registers in Round 1 will be invited to attend the Workshop. Each team must have at least one team member attend the Workshop to be eligible for moving on the the next round. Teams who make it to the second round will be required to find a coach/mentor, which we can assist with if needed.
October 14, 2021
Virtual Information Session for Students and Faculty/Staff
Update – January 20, 2022
Round 1: Rolling registration deadline for submissions
January 20, 2022
Virtual Workshop for participants
February 3, 2022
Feasibility studies due by noon
February 14-18, 2022
Round 2: Virtual Semifinals (week long interviews)
February 22, 2022
February 24, 2022
Virtual Workshop for finalists
April 7, 2022
Final business plans due by noon
April 21, 2022
Round 3: Finals – Pitch Competition
Recommended Reading for Participants
Talking to Humans: Success starts with understanding your customers
by Giff Constable
For a free digital copy download, fill out the Non-Profits/Schools form found here.
Ready to Get Started?
Let us know you’re ready by filling out the application! The application deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 20th at noon.
Interested in becoming a sponsor of this program?
Let’s talk! Send us an email and we will set up a conversation.