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March 22, 2024
3:00 p.m.
Hartman Hall Forum (Room 2021)

Now in its third decade, the business plan competition showcases the best business plans developed by teams of students in COB 300. This 12-credit curriculum serves as the gateway to JMU's College of Business, integrating fundamental principles of finance, management, marketing and operations.

Some 700 students have participated in the competition since it was launched in 2003. Five student-teams advance through two preliminary rounds to vie, in the finals, for scholarships totaling in excess of $50,000. Each team delivers a pitch and engages in a question-and-answer session with the judges. The order-of-finish and allocation of scholarships are announced at the conclusion of the team presentations.

For more information please contact Judy Onestak (

knecht-sarah-bpc-headshot.jpg"Once we got the email telling us we'd been selected [for the final round of the competition] ... everyone's perspective changed a little bit. That maybe this wasn't just for a grade in a class, but it could be something bigger in our school careers and professional careers."

Sarah Knecht, 1st Place Team and Co-MVP, Safe & Sound, 2019

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