2014 Rohrer Business Plan Competition
The William G. Rohrer Business Plan Competition is a competition to encourage students and individuals to pursue entrepreneurial ventures and develop high-growth businesses. The competition aims to educate and prepare students for future opportunities in entrepreneurship, and does so by providing a forum in which participants may present their ideas to win cash prizes to help with their business ventures.
Oral Presentation Requirements for Finalists
Finalists selected to make oral presentations will be required to follow the Event Presentation Guidelines. In order to maximize presentation time we recommend that the presentation cover the following points. Presentations will be limited to 15 minutes in length, including questions and answers.
- Venture concept – A clear concept of the business must be presented to the judges. The idea must be believable and plausible.
- Market opportunity – A successful venture concept may have a good idea, but will not succeed unless there is a demand for the product/service.
- Technology – In any product/service related startup, the judges realize that the most advanced technology is not always a plausible idea to have. However a team can improve their image and score by introducing new technology, or creating a new use for existing technology.
- Protecting proprietary rights – All teams must mention their plan or previous action in protecting their proprietary rights. A business idea is useless to the creator if it can be copied immediately by competitors.
- Manufacturing (if applicable) – A brief description of the manufacturing plans are necessary in order to prove that the startup venture was well thought out, and is taking into account all expenses.
- Marketing, Sales and Distribution – A new product/service is useless unless the public is aware of it. The presentation must include how the team plans to get their product to their customers.
- Management team – The human capital in a startup is crucial to its success in the future. A brief summary of the management team’s background is necessary.
- Funding – The amount of money the team has received previously indicates to a degree how concrete their idea appeared to other investors. The amount of funding also indicates the amount of capital the startup has to grow and expand.
When & Where
Rohrer College of Business
Rowan University's business programs are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. To achieve this prestigious accreditation, the business program successfully demonstrated a wide range of quality standards relating to curriculum, faculty resources, admissions, degree requirements, facilities, financial resources, and intellectual climate.
Rowan's Business Program provides a general, well-rounded education in business administration and emphasizes development of set skills such as communication, computing and teamwork. Graduates receive the bachelor of science degree. Rowan offers the masters of business administration (MBA) through the graduate program.
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Our business curriculum prepares students for initial job placement, growth into managerial positions and graduate study. We strongly encourage you to enroll in internships and to take part-time professional jobs while in college, all of which add to your marketability when you start your job search.