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High School Business Plan Competition

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Hosted by the Rensselaer Lally School of Management. A great introduction to entrepreneurship and Rensselaer!

The competition provides an opportunity for teams of high school students to win prizes and exchange ideas in an intellectually vibrant environment. Teams will receive feedback from members of the Lally School’s community of management scholars and business leaders. To enter the competition, each student team must develop a unique and innovative business concept and prepare a ten-minute presentation geared towards motivating potential investors to fund a company started to execute the students’ business concept.



Dates to Remember 2014


Intent to Submit to


Deadline: Registration


Notification of Acceptance


Competition AGENDA


2014 Program

Intent to submit is an email sent to that should include your high school name and number of teams you think your school will enter the competition.

To register a team- please send an email to with the team name, names and grade level of each team member who will be participating, name and contact information of advisor/chaperone and a brief summary of your idea.


Selected teams will present their idea at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. See Official Rules for further details. Finalists will repeat their presentation before a larger panel of judges immediately preceeding the award ceremony. If the judges like your 10 minute presentation, your team could win up to $2500 in prize money!

Presentation guide available here.


Teams are encouraged to evaluate and/or incorporate the judges' feedback in preparation for final presentations. Coahces will consist of current Rensselaer students, alumni, faculty and members of the business community.


At the end of the 10 minutes, the judging panel will have 5 minutes to ask questions and provide feedback. They will base their decisions on the professionalism of the presentation, as well as the feasibility, potential profitability, and merit of the business idea. Judges will consist of community members, faculty, staff and alumni with varying backgrounds in entrepreneurship and business.

All teams will be scored on a Judging rubric similar to this.


  • 1st Place - $2500
  • 2nd Place - $1500
  • 3rd Place - $1000

If awarded a prize, the money will be split equally among all presenting team members and distributed to each student in the student's name in the form of a check from Rensselaer.

Official Rules

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