JHU Business Plan Competition is now accepting entries

The 18th Annual Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition will be held on April 6 and 7, 2017, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative (inHealth).

The competition, which awarded more than $81,000 to teams last year, provides students throughout the university with the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship through the creation of viable business plans.

Unlike most business plan competitions, JHU's event focuses on helping teams develop their business plans, with judges providing feedback, coaching and mentoring at each phase to ensure both educational and business growth.

This year's event also features a new Mobile Apps category. "Mobile apps are a great addition to our competition, and will draw a lot of interest," Bob Graham, advisor for the competition and a lecturer at the Center for Leadership Education, which sponsors the event, said. "Working with inHealth expands our reach into Johns Hopkins Hospital and the growing East Baltimore campus, which we anticipate will generate more entries and stiffer competition."

The first day of the competition, Thursday, April 6, will be held at the East Baltimore campus and will feature presentations by teams in the Medical Technology/Life Sciences and Mobile Apps tracks. The following day, Friday, April 7, the competition will move to the Homewood campus and will feature the final presentations for the General Business and Social Enterprise tracks.

The first round of the competition will require teams to create a 2-3 page executive summary and a 90-second video pitch. Entries are due by 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Judging of these entries will occur between Feb. 7 and 14, 2017.

Entries will be accepted from Thursday, December 1- February 5, 2017, at the competition website

Teams reaching the second round must submit a full business plan by 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Judging to this round will occur between March 7 and 14, 2017. Finalists will be announced March 15, 2017.

All teams must have at least one registered Johns Hopkins undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral student to participate.

Questions can be directed to bgraham@jhu.edu.