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
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 TRACK - 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION SEMIFINALISTS
|David Gant and Chester Montefering||Ben Kosinski||Elliot Smerling|
|Greer Banks & Marcella Thomas||Ben Kosinski||Roberto Palenzuela|
|Michael Winick||Ben Kosinski||Sean Goldstein|
|Dylan Cohen||Bob Nelson||Jon Fitchman|
|Kyle Sylvester & Kierin Mukerjee||Bob Nelson||Sean Goldstein|
|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|
|Giovanni Marinelli & Matthew Zull||Jon Fitchman||Sean Goldstein|
|Ariel Lee & Keiana Wilkerson||Michael Rangel||Elliot Smerling|
|Pierrah Hilaire||Michael Rangel||Oscar Callejas|
|Patrick Dier||Michael Rangel||Robert Rubin|
|Joseph Tanefo||Oscar Callejas||Elliot Smerling|
Isabella Vila Carrillo, Alejandro Carballido, Jorge Dominicis & Sylvia Hernandez
|Oscar Callejas||Michael Rangel|
|Catherine De Freitas & Christina Riccardi||Oscar Callejas||Robert Rubin|
|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 TRACK - 2017 BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION SEMIFINALISTS
|Rose Weintraub||Bob Nelson|
|Josh Fu||Jason Shuman|
|Juan Carlos Montoya Luna & Paige Voniak||Robert Rubin|
|Valerie Lopez||Steve Gold|
|Jennifer Branchini||Oscar Callejas|
|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|
|Joe Keilman||Barry McKenzie|
|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|
|Zain Ashraf||Bill Heffner|
|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.