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$100,000 Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition

All AACC students* (credit and noncredit) are invited to compete in AACC's Business Plan Competition with more than $100,000 in cash, scholarships and in-kind prizes! There is up to $50,000 in seed funds up for grabs, scholarships that pay for all AACC courses, books and fees, and space in the student business incubator. In addition, all award recipients will receive free mentoring. 

Business plan deadlines and presentation dates will be during the spring semester.  Check back in January for specific dates.  Finalists will be invited to present their business plans to a panel of judges consisting of experts from the business, legal, government, and education communities. Presentations will be Shark Tank style.

AACC is partnering with Capital One to provide business plan consulting at no cost to AACC students who plan to compete in this year's competition.  Dates and times will be announced in January.


Requirements

Business plans must be submitted online. 
Plans will be limited to ten pages and must have the generally accepted components in a business plan. The plan may be for a new start-up venture, a new product, or market development in an existing venture that is less than three years old.

*Students who enter the competition must be in good standing according to the AACC student handbook. Students who completed course work at AACC in the fall 2016, or are currently enrolled during the spring 2017 semester in at least one credit or non-credit course at AACC are eligible to compete.

Teams may also enter. At least 50% of the team, and preferably more, must meet the above enrollment criteria.


Congratulations to our winners
May 9, 2016

“Who won the Shark Tank competition?” has been the most frequently asked question on campus over the last few days.  The competitors were fantastic, the judges were excellent and deciding the winners was difficult.    

The Entrepreneurial Studies Institute is happy to announce the winners of the 2016 Business Plan Competition -- Shark Tank style -- where students competed for more than $100,000 in cash, scholarships, mentoring and in-kind prizes!   
 
Congratulations to our winners! They are: 
Hortulus, LLC 
         Jose-Luis Izursa, AACC Student and Alumnus, University of MD            
 Martha D'Onofrio, AACC Student  

They received $15,000 in seed funds, office space in the AACC Student Business Incubator, and each student also a $10,000 Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship Recipient.


MD Livin
            Andrew Hopkins, AACC Student who received $10,000 in seed funds, space in the AACC Student Business Incubator and a $10,000 Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship.

Shutter Rush Cinema
Spencer Flaherty, AACC Student 
            Albert Artemov, AACC Student 
            Kyle Reynolds, Towson University Student
They received $10,000 in seed funds, space in the AACC Student Business Incubator,  membership to the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, and each student is also an AACC $10,000 Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship Recipient.
 
Hairston & Company 
            Lorie Hairston, AACC Student and Alumna, Art Institute of Atlanta who received $5,000 in seed funds and a $10,000 Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship.

Best Foot Forward Performing Arts Preschool 
            Robyn Wallwork, AACC Student and an AACC $10,000 Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship Recipient.   Steve Wallwork, Alumnus, University of Utah.  They received $3,000 in seed funds.

Greek Kitchen, LLC
Diana Dalakis, AACC Graduate 2015 (and a former Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship Recipient). She received $1,000 in seed funds.
            

Instadish 
          Jeremiah Batucan, AACC Student and Alumnus, University of MD 
          Richard Fox, AACC Student and Alumnus, Roanoke College
They received $1,000 in seed funds and membership to the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council

Mandolla
            Marc A. Long, AACC Student 
            D'Andre Riggins, Bowie State University Student
            Jacob Brown, AACC Student
            LaMario Favron, Jr. Howard University Student
They received $1,000 in seed funds, membership to the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council and is also an AACC $10,000 Ratcliffe Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship Recipient.