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University of Miami Business Plan Competition

The 15th Annual University of Miami Business Plan Competition, hosted by the School of Business Administration, encourages entrepreneurship among students throughout the University of Miami. The School of Business Administration recognizes that potentially successful business ideas can come from a wide range of disciplines and may originate from an individual or from a group of individuals. 

The competition has two separate tracks: (1) undergraduate student track; (2) graduate students and alumni track. The competition kicks off in the fall and entrants are invited to submit a 3-5 page concept paper. Click here to submit your paper.

Following a review of all entries, teams are selected as semifinalists and are invited to submit detailed business plans. Finalists are annnounced in the spring semester and invited to present their business plans before judges. The judges will select the top three teams in each track: (1) undergraduate; and (2) graduate and alumni to continue in the competition and pitch to a "live" audience for the Grand Finale. Over $40,000 in prize money and services will be awarded at the Grand Finale.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SEMIFINALISTS OF THE 2017 BUISNESS PLAN COMPETITION!

The 2017 Semifinalists of the Business Plan Competition have been selected. Please note that the submission for the business plan (for those who have passed to the Semifinalist round) has been extended to March 7, 2017. Please check the schedule for updated dates. The names are in random order.

You will see names of the mentors for the Undergraduate track below. The mentors for Graduate/Alumni track will be advertised next Monday, January 30, 2017. Each student/team who has passed to the Semifinals will be receiving an email with their mentors’ contact information along with other pertinent information. 

UNDERGRADUATE WINNERS AT THE 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Winners
Grand Prize, First Place
XIX COMPUTING
David Gant and Chester Montefering

$10,000
Second Place
FREST: CONNECT WITH EVERYONE
Dylan Cohen

$6,000
Third Place
SOBE MEDIA GROUP
Nely Sudri and Lauren Peaslee

$4,000
Honorable Mention
CLEANSWIPE
Don Sirivat and Kevin Fich

$1,000
Best Presenter Award
FREST: CONNECT WITH EVERYONE
Dylan Cohen

$2,000

GRADUATE/ALUMNI WINNERS AT THE 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Winners
Grand Prize, First Place
PIERCE PLAN
Kelly Pierce

$10,000
Second Place
VARDRAGONS
Thomas R. Bird Jr., Jason S. Keasler and Joe Rjeili

$6,000
Third Place
HAATHI CLOTH
Josh Fu

$4,000
Honorable Mention
SKILLIED
Marcella McCarthy

$1,000
Best Presenter Award
MELANITES
Jennifer Pierre

$2,000

OTHER AWARDS AT THE 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

 

Winners
Dean Paul K. Sugrue Spirit Award
COMIC CURE
Benjamin Leis

$2,000
People's Pick Award
PIERCE PLAN
Kelly Pierce

$1,000

UNDERGRADUATE FINALISTS AT THE 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Participants
XIX COMPUTING
David Gant and Chester Montefering
FREST: CONNECT WITH EVERYONE
Dylan Cohen
CLEANSWIPE
Don Sirivat and Kevin Fich
SOBE MEDIA GROUP
Nely Sudri and Lauren Peaslee

GRADUATE/ALUMNI SEMIFINALISTS AT THE 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Participants
HAATHI CLOTH
Josh Fu
PIERCE PLAN
Kelly Pierce
VARDRAGONS
Thomas R. Bird Jr., Jason S. Keasler and Joe Rjeili
SKILLIED
Marcella McCarthy

Past winners have included two teams that we later featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. 2007 runner up Rodolfo Saccoman (MBA ’07) presented a plan for MyTherapyJournal.com in September 2009. Omar Soliman (BBA ’04) took a spin-off of his 2004 competition winner (College Hunks Hauling Junk) called College Foxes Hauling Boxes on Shark Tank in August 2009.

Read about the 2016 winners here.

Read about the 2015 winners here.

Read about the 2014 winners here.

Read about the 2013 winners here.

Read about the 2012 winners here.

Read about the 2011 winners here.

UNDERGRADUATE SEMIFINALISTS AT THE 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Participants Mentor Mentor
David Gant and Chester Montefering Ben Kosinski Elliot Smerling
Greer Banks & Marcella Thomas Ben Kosinski Roberto Palenzuela
Dylan Cohen Bob Nelson Jon Fitchman
Amruth Alluri & Jason Truong Jason Shuman Ben Kosinksi
Don Sirivat & Kevin Fich Jason Shuman Elliot Smerling
Alejandro Marulanda Jason Shuman Sean Goldstein
Laren O. Hutt Jon Fitchman Bob Nelson
Nely Sudri & Lauren Peaslee Jon Fitchman Robert Rubin
Pierrah Hilaire Michael Rangel Oscar Callejas

Isabella Vila Carrillo, Alejandro Carballido, Jorge Dominicis & Sylvia Hernandez

Oscar Callejas Michael Rangel
Sandi J. Besen Roberto Palenzuela Bob Nelson
Gus "Augustus" Eleftherio Roberto Palenzuela Jason Shuman

Cody Skylar, Alexander M. Gallin, Altair Dahrouch, Haydee Figueroa

Roberto Palenzuela Robert Rubin

GRADUATE/ALUMNI SEMIFINALISTS AT THE 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Participants Mentor
Rose Weintraub Bob Nelson
Josh Fu Jason Shuman
Juan Carlos Montoya Luna & Paige Voniak Robert Rubin
Valerie Lopez Steve Gold
Kelly Pierce Dean Fogel
Daniel Zambrano & Felipe Zambrano Jon Fitchman
Mayrin Fontaine Moya Michael Rangel
Dominic Natalizio & Ashley Revay Elliot Smerling
Rupal Bhana, Andrew Richardson, Kunal Patel, Arsalan Wappi, Matt Greenberg & David Busse Ben Kosinski
Cherie Topham, Emma Kriss, Diego Uribe & Kelvin Mota Roberto Palenzuela
Antonio Acosta Sean Goldstein
Micelli Bianchini Barry McKenzie
Thomas R. Bird Jr., Jason S. Keasler & Joe Rjeili Barry McKenzie
Marcella McCarthy Barry McKenzie
Jennifer Pierre Christopher Nolte
Zuxin Wei & Dan Vandenberg Christopher Nolte
Nathalie Teresa El Barch Antonios & Charbel Jose El Barche Antonios Christopher Nolte
Howard Rapp Vanessa Valera
Ana Gil Vanessa Valera
Emmanuel Muzungu & Joshua Vega Vanessa Valera
Benjamin Leis Vanessa Valera

Past winners have included two teams that we later featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. 2007 runner up Rodolfo Saccoman (MBA ’07) presented a plan for MyTherapyJournal.com in September 2009. Omar Soliman (BBA ’04) took a spin-off of his 2004 competition winner (College Hunks Hauling Junk) called College Foxes Hauling Boxes on Shark Tank in August 2009.

Read about the 2016 winners here.

Read about the 2015 winners here.

Read about the 2014 winners here.

Read about the 2013 winners here.

Read about the 2012 winners here.

Read about the 2011 winners here.

    School of Business Administration
    P.O. Box 248027, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-6520
 
 
TEL: 305-284-4643
FAX: 305-284-6526
 
GRADUATE: 305-284-2510
UNDERGRADUATE: 305-284-4641