The Siperstein Challenge

Jason Siperstein Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition

The Jason Siperstein Entrepreneurial Business Plan Competition is an annual competition that allows all undergraduate students from across Emory University to compete as entrepreneurs pitching a business plan to potential investors.

Greater consideration will be given to business plans that place an emphasis on social enterprise and the creation of social value. Social enterprise ventures may include non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid model business plans.

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to present on-campus on Monday, November 20th, 2017. All finalist teams must arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the first presentation for the welcome and briefing. Business casual or professional dress is recommended.

Awards

1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $500

Rules & Guidelines

  • Teams are limited to three members.
  • Each team must have at least one upperclassman (junior or senior).
  • Greater consideration will be given to business plans that place an emphasis on social enterprise and the creation of social value. Social enterprise ventures may include non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid model business plans.
  • If you are selected as a finalist, you will be asked to present on Monday, November 20th, 2017. 
  • All finalist teams must arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the first presentation for the introduction of judges and briefing.
  • Business casual or professional dress is recommended.
  • Teams will be limited to 10 minutes to present their plan, followed by approximately 5 minutes of questions from the judges.
  • Presentation formats may vary; handouts and/or PowerPoints are fine. If using a PowerPoint, it must be emailed to Kendra Owens (kowens8@emory.edu) by 12:00PM one business day prior to the event.
  • Judges will have hard copies of the executive summaries you have submitted prior to the competition. If you made changes, bring 5 copies of the new summary for the judges.
  • You may bring up to 3 friends to the presentation for "moral support."

Important Dates

Individual/Team Registration Deadline: Monday, November 6th at 11:59PM

1st Round of Judging: November 7th-9th

Finalists Announced: Friday, November 10th by 5:00PM

Finalists Workshop (Required): Monday, November 13th at 5:00PM

Finalists Presentations/Judging: Monday, November 20th at 6:00PM

Note: This year the 1st place winner will not gain automatic entry to the final round at the Entrepreneurship Summit.

Judging Criteria

Criteria for selecting the winning team will be based on the following six items:

  1. Clarity/potential of the market opportunity
  2. Strength of the team argument that their product/service will meet demand
  3. Overall evaluation of potential reward to risk
  4. Financing plan/rationality
  5. Application of theory to practice
  6. Ability to implement the plan

Resources for Developing a Business Plan

Robert W. Woodruff Library discoverE offers a number of resources to assist you and your team in developing a comprehensive business plan: Business Plan Resources.