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Competition Guidelines

Composition of the Student Team

The BPC is a competition for full time undergraduate students of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. To compete in the BPC, students may form teams of up to five undergraduates. The following clarifying restrictions apply:

Ownership of the Venture

If the venture is actually underway, student teams submitting a plan must have played a significant role and hold a significant stake in the creation of the venture and hold a significant stake in the venture. To avoid ventures formed and managed by non-students who have given token equity to students for writing their business plan, submissions should conform to the following criteria:


Judging of entries will be performed by a panel of independent judges. Judges may be successful entrepreneurs or executives, venture capitalists, angel investors, or professional service providers working with the entrepreneurial venture community. Any entry is subject to minimum criteria in terms of market potential, viability, and other factors, as determined by the judging panel’s experience. If no entries meet the minimum criteria, prizes might not be awarded. Throughout any and all phases of the Business Plan Competition, all decisions of the judges are final.  Click here to see the judging criteria for each of the rounds.

Nature and Status of the Venture

The competition is for new, independent ventures in concept, seed, start-up, or early growth stage. The following restrictions apply:

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