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Competition Schedule

Timeline and Directions for 2020-2021

 9/30/20 Mayo Business Plan Competition information session. Wednesday, September 30, 4:00 pm, virtual via Zoom.

Learning Modules

10/28/20  ONE team member must virtually complete the SBDC business plan seminar. Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 pm, virtual via Zoom.

11/2/20 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 students.

Resource  Dean Jervis is offering two (2) virtual sessions on business financial statements. They will be one hour sessions offered December 9 and January 13 both at 4:00pm. 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

11/30/20 Registration for “Intent To Compete” closes at midnight. Registration after this date requires an exceptional situation and the Dean’s approval (e.g., an illness or unusual study abroad situation).

12/11/20 Complete the MBPC team registration by this date. This must be complete by midnight. Confirmation of team membership can be made prior to this date, though not after this date. As a reminder, each team must consist of no less than two and no more than four current TCNJ students.

1/22/21 Business plans submitted (via the website) by midnight. 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 should 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.

Financial Accounting Foundations

1/22/21  ALL team members must complete two LinkedIn Learning modules and submit certificates of completion with their intent to compete.

  1. Creating a Business Plan
  2. Financial Analysis for Business Plan Projections

2/15/21 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.

2/26/21 Semi-finalist teams submit revised business plans by midnight for judges.

3/3/21 Semi-finalist teams give a live 20-minute, uninterrupted presentation before judges, followed by a 10 minute Q&A.

3/17/21 Three of six semi-finalist teams invited to revise plans and advance to finals.

3/30/21 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.

3/31/21 Final presentations before judges, maximum 30 minutes, questions from judges allowed throughout the time period.

*Dates subject to change*