Welcome to the website for the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition!
For 15 years, the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, has challenged Arkansas’s college and university students to take a chance and bring their business ideas and dreams to life by competing in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup.
Put your idea to the test! Is it needed in the marketplace? Is it new or innovative? Can it make money? If you are currently enrolled and working toward a degree or certificate from any two- or four-year Arkansas college or university, you can compete in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup and have a chance to win big cash awards! Because of the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the cash prize pool for 2015 is $154,000 – one of the largest collegiate business plan cash prize pools in the United States!
You don’t have to be studying business to compete. Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup team members can be enrolled in any program of study – agriculture, science, health, hospitality, business, etc. Teams can also represent more than one college or university. Two- and four-year institutions may also join ranks to form teams.
There is no fee to enter the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup and you have much to gain. Just by competing, team members have to collectively use their brainpower to write the plan. They have to analyze and define finances and profitability, marketing and management structures, risks and opportunities, and much more. Through the process, team members must also use the soft skills that virtually all employers want to see in their employees, such as teamwork, presentation and speaking, creativity, and critical thinking.
Once you’ve entered your business plan in the competition, congratulations! Whether you win or lose, you have just finished a real-world experience that will serve you well into the future – whether work for someone else or for yourself.
More than 2,000 students have competed in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup since 2001. Many say they became much more appreciative of the entrepreneurial process, and have applied what they learned in their professional careers. Competitors also get a unique advantage and opportunity in future job interviews by being able to talk up their Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup experience with potential employers.
Be part of the proud history of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup while giving yourself an incredible – and potentially profitable – learning experience! Compete in 2015!
- Competition Rules
- Team Registration on iStart
- Submitting Intents to Compete
- Business Plan Content and Formatting Requirements
- 2015 Competition Schedule
- 2015 Competition Poster
- Elevator Pitch Guidelines
- Sponsorship & Ticket Information
- C. Sam Walls Entrepreneur Educator Award
- Previous Winners