The Redhawks Open Business Plan Competition is an exciting competition created to harness the entrepreneurial potential of the students at Southeast Missouri State University.


This competition allows you to compete on your own or with a team that you select. (Primary registrant must be a currently-enrolled student at Southeast Missouri State University.)

Guidelines and Process

Interested students/teams should register by 5:00pm on Friday, March 2 by completing the 2012 registration form below.

What's Next?

The business plan templateshould be completed and submitted by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 5.The following spreadsheets are used in concert with the business plan template.

Service Pricing Spreadsheet
Sales Projection Spreadsheet

All submissions will be judged individually by a panel of judges, and the results will be revealed at the Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, April 25.

What Can You Win?

Start-Up Funding...
Grand Prize $2,500
2nd Place $1,500
3rd Place $1,000

...and Start-Up Assistance
The winners of the competition will also receive valuable assistance in the form of a “Customized Launch Services Package” from the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. These packages could include personalized coaching, business incubation, and mentoring services, just to name a few.

Download the 2012 Registration Form

Following are two business plan examples which show what a finished plan might look like: Business Plan Example #1mapping
Business Plan Example #2travel

For more information on the competition or these examples, contact: Dr. Joel Bolton at or stop by Dempster room DH271.

Other resources and supportare available from the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. One possible path to success is to take advantage of the mentoring program that includes several activities at the Center:

  • Ideation Workshops
  • Coffee with the Entrepreneurs
  • The BIG Idea Competition (Fall Semester)

These activities provide students an opportunity to get expert feedback on their ideas and venture concepts throughout the development process.