Celebrating Arkansas’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs for 16 Years!
Welcome to the 2016 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition!
There is no cost to enter the Governor’s Cup and it’s open to degree-seeking students in any program of study (agriculture, hospitality, business, engineering, retail, etc.) enrolled at any Arkansas college or university during the summer and/or fall 2015 or spring 2016 semesters.
Since 2001, the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), a 501(c)(3) affiliate of Arkansas Capital, has challenged students with ideas for new or better products or services to see if they could be profitable by putting it through a rigorous and real-world entrepreneurial process – while at the same time having the chance to win big cash awards! Thanks to the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the cash prize pool is once again $154,000, one of the largest collegiate business plan prize pools in the United States.
There is nothing to lose and much to gain by competing in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup. In addition to the real-world entrepreneurial experience, competitors also get a unique advantage in future job interviews because they can use their Governor’s Cup experience as a talking point during interviews with potential employers. Competitors also became much more appreciative of the entrepreneurial process and have applied what they learned in their professional careers at businesses throughout the state and the country.
Join the ranks of more than 2,100 competitors and their advisors, who have been part of the proud history of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup! Follow the links at the bottom of this page for more information.
Watch the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Awards Luncheon:
- Competition Rules
- Team Registration on Startup Compete (formerly iStart)
- Submitting Intents to Compete
- Business Plan Content and Formatting Requirements
- Competition Schedule
- Elevator Pitch Guidelines
- Sponsorship and Contribution Opportunities
- C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award
- Competition Awards
- Previous Winners