College of Business

Competition Structure

The Stahl Business Plan Competition is structured in three phases to help individuals or teams develop their plans in both a collaborative and competitive environment.
  • Phase I is an optional phase that allows participants to receive feedback on a variety of ideas. In Phase I, students attend a Info Session (see schedule for dates), after the session they are assigned a mentor to review and comment on the idea submission.
  • Phase II is the first competitive phase of the competition. Business Plans will be submitted via email to Kristin Burton Business Plans are then reviewed by a panel of judges. The top 5 teams will advance to the next phase.
  • Phase III is the final stage of the competition. The top 3 teams will present their plan to a panel of judges .Phase III is the final round and the winning team will be announced following the completion of the presentations.

  • Final Round Presentation Format (invitation only)
    Formal Presentation - 20 minutes
    Question and Answer - 10 minutes
    Feedback - 10 minutes
    Deliberation - 5 minute
1st Place: Best Business Plan - $4,000 award + CEO Conference package & dinner with Mr. Stahl

2nd Place:
Most Innovative Idea - $1,000 + CEO Conference package & dinner with Mr. Stahl

3rd Place:
Most Outstanding Entrepreneur - CEO Conference package & dinner with Mr. Stahl

The CEO Conference package includes: roundtrip airfare from Chicago to Kanas City, MO; hotel accommodations and conference registration fee. 

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is the premier entrepreneurship network with chapters on university campuses across North America and beyond. CEO currently supports entrepreneurship in over 200 chapters in over 43 states.  CEO’s mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. With a diverse entrepreneurial community and global network, CEO provides student entrepreneurs with opportunities, events, chapter activities, and conferences to help start businesses. The highlight of the year is the annual National Conference hosted each fall.