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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 plans are due April 15, 2016 by 12 p.m. 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 and are scheduled for May 5 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Click on the link below to sign up for a meeting with a business banker to review your business plan. To make the best use of your time we encourage you to bring a print copy of your plan to the meeting.

Business Plan Consulting meeting sign-up.

If all of the time slots are reserved, email esi@aacc.edu to schedule an appointment with a business advisor.

Business Plan Competition Online Submission

Click here to create your account on Reviewr.com.  This is also where you will submit your plan online.  You may add and edit your answers for the competition on this site.  However, you must officially Submit by 12:00 noon on April 15, 2016 to be entered in the competition.


Business plans must be submitted online. 
The link for online submissions will be available from March 21st to April 15th. Plans will be limited to fifteen 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 2015, or are currently enrolled 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.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Business Plan Competition Official Rules, Requirements and Judging Criteria.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Business Plan Competition.

Please email esi@aacc.edu.