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Competition Schedule

Timeline and Directions for 2021-2022

  • 10/6/21 Mayo Business Plan Competition information session.
    • If your team was unable to attend we strongly encourage you to review the recording. Please request access from Ms. Horner,
  • 11/1/21 Registration opens for “Intent To Compete.” As few as one TCNJ student can register an “Intent To Compete.” Because more teams competing requires more first-round judges, the “Intent To Compete” helps us approximate the number of judges needed. If you “think” you might want to compete, then register. All team members must be currently enrolled TCNJ undergraduate students. At the time of registration, all team members must sign the affirmation of policy statement and attach to the registration form. This affirms that all team members have reviewed the Confidentiality Statement, Prize Money Award Disbursement Statement and the Timeline.
    • Resource – Dean Jervis is offering two (2) sessions on business financial statements. There will be one-hour sessions offered December 7, 2021 at 4:00pm in Business Building, Room 123 and January 11, 2022 at 4:00pm via Zoom. There is a limit of 10 students per session. To register for one of these sessions please email Assistant to the Dean, Stephanie Horner at If you register for the virtual session you will be provided the Zoom meeting link.
  • 12/13/21 Registrations for Intent to Compete closes at 11:59pm. Registration after this date requires an exceptional situation and the Dean’s approval (e.g., an illness or unusual study abroad situations). As a reminder, each team must consist of no less than two and no more than four current, undergraduate TCNJ students.  All team members must complete and submit a signed Affirmation of Policy Statement. If you added and/or changed team members after your initial registration, those new team members must submit the form via email to
  • 1/16/22 Business plans submitted (via the website) by 11:59 pm. Absolute due date; no exceptions. Business plans evaluated by two to three judges using the Evaluation Rubric.
    • Maximum plan length: 20 pages, double- spaced 11 or 12 font.
    • Additional charts and tables (maximum five pages).
    • Plan must be submitted as a PDF (not a Word or Excel file).
    • A short pitch video (1 to 3 minutes) describing the concept and likely target market(s) is required.
    • Plan must include:
      • Executive Summary (usually written last)
      • Business Overview
      • Operating Plan
      • Market Analysis
      • Products and/or Services
      • Competitive Analysis
      • Sales and Marketing
      • Management Team
      • Financial Plan
      • Projections
      • Conclusions
  • Suggested Learning Module for students with limited business knowledge.
  • 1/16/22 ALL team members must complete two LinkedIn Learning modules and submit certificates of completion with their intent to compete. You can create a free LinkedIn Learning account using your TCNJ email address.
  1. Creating a Business Plan
  2. Financial Analysis for Business Plan Projections
  • 2/14/22 Six teams invited to revise business plan and advance to semi-finals. Semi-finalist teams must have a mentor. The mentor could be one of your choosing or the School of Business could provide suggestions for a mentor. Your mentor’s name must be submitted to the School of Business.
  • 2/25/22 Semi-finalist teams submit revised business plans by 11:59 pm for judges.
  • 3/2/22 Semi-Finals – Semi-finalist teams give a live 20-minute, uninterrupted presentation before judges, followed by a 10-minute Q&A.
  • 3/16/22 Three of six semi-finalist teams invited to revise plans and advance to finals.
  • 3/28/22 Finalist teams submit revisions for the judges by 12 pm noon. Teams will produce a bridge document that specifically addresses the judges’ feedback that contains updated or new exhibits on design, financials, addressable market, and so on.
  • 3/30/22 Finals – Final presentations before judges, maximum 30 minutes, questions from judges allowed throughout the time period.

*Dates subject to change*