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 [2017 DATE IS TBD]. 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 + Automatic Bid to Final Round in Emory Entrepreneurship Summit

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 [2017 DATE IS TBD]
  • 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 Joe Sindad (j.sindad@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

[2017 Dates TBD]

Individual/Team Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 14th at 11:59PM

1st Round of Judging: February 15th - 19th

Finalists Announced: Friday, February 19th by 5:00PM

Finalists Presentations/Judging: Tuesday, March 1st from 6:00-8:00PM

Winners Announced via Email: Wednesday, March 2nd by 5:00PM

1st Place Winners gain automatic entry to final round at Emory Entrepreneurship Summit: March/April

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

The Goizueta Business Library offers a number of resources to assist you and your team in developing a comprehensive business plan: Business Plan Resources.