2017-18 YEP Business Plan Competition Schedule

at Napa Valley College – for High School and College Students

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Written Business Plans DUE Thursday March 15, 2018

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Finalists Announced & Called

3 HS & 3 College Finalists Present Saturday April 7, 2018

Checks Sent to Winners

September

Competition date is announced. High school and college classes can arrange to participate and request mentor assistance.

Winter 2017: Mentoring & Support

Mentors are available for in-class hands-on advising. Our mentor team can come in to help teams with questions and provide guidance to help them overcome business plan hurdles – for example, helping a team evaluate (or determine how it can use research to evaluate) a business concept, or reviewing the financial forecast of a business to determine if it appears financially sound.

Spring 2018: Enter your Business Plan Online

All submissions are due by 4pm on Thursday March 15, 2018 at Napa Valley College. Submit your plan securely online at at Ideator.com

We accept the following formats: Word (.doc, .docx), Excel (.xls, .xlsx), Powerpoint (.ppt) and pdf (.pdf). You may submit more than one file (e.g. a Word document with an Excel spreadsheet). Entrants must receive confirmation that their entry has been received.

Friday March 16, 2018: Evaluation & Announcement

Our business plan evaluators read the business plans and rate them. The top 3 business plans for both categories (High School and College) will be chosen to go on to compete. These 6 Finalists will be announced by the end of the business day (5pm). All of the Finalists are already winners – now they will compete for the big prizes: $1,500 for the top college business plan and $1,000 for the top high school business plan.

COMPETITION DAY – Saturday April 7, 2018

  • 9:00am – 9:30am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
  • 9:30am – 10:45am HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION PRESENTATIONS
  • 10:45am – 11:15am HIGH SCHOOL JUDGES DELIBERATION
  • 11:15am – 11:45am PRESENTATION OF HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm DELI LUNCH
  • 12:45pm – 2:00pm COLLEGE DIVISION PRESENTATIONS
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm COLLEGE JUDGES DELIBERATION
  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm PRESENTATION OF COLLEGE AWARDS

Award Checks Mailed within 30 days

Napa Valley College sends the checks to the winning teams per ranking from the final competition – 6 winners in all.

Business Plan Competition Prizes

College Teams High School Teams
1st Place $1,500 $1,000
2nd Place $1,000 $750
3rd Place $500 $500

Questions?