Business Plan and Presentation Guidelines

Business Plan and PowerPoint Submissions

Tri-State teams must upload business plans and PowerPoints for their presentations in advance of the competition.

A customized Dropbox link for each team will be emailed to advisors by noon Friday, May 6. It is the advisor’s responsibility to ensure plans and PowerPoints are uploaded by these deadlines:

Business plans – Upload by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
PowerPoints – Upload by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

Business plans must be uploaded as PDFs. Please ensure the name of the plan document is the same as the name of the team.

Note: Teams can revise their PowerPoint presentations at any time up to their scheduled presentation on May 26. But, should this latest file not load / work properly, we will have the PowerPoint submitted May 18 on an AEAF Windows-based laptop as backup. Please see more in “Audio / Visual Guidelines” below.

If there are problems uploading the documents, please contact Marie Bruno by phone (501) 374-9247, or by email, mbruno@arcapital.com.

Business Plan Content

Business plans submitted for Tri-State should follow the same content as required in the state competitions. Note: Appendices should be included only when they support the findings, statements and observations in the plan. Because of the number of teams/plans entering the competition, reviewers and judges may not be able to read all of the material in the appendices. Therefore, the text portion of the plan (30-page maximum) must contain all pertinent information in a clear and concise manner.

Business Plan Judging Criteria

Judges will use the following criteria when reviewing the written business plans:

  • Overall Organization (10 Points): Materials presented in clear, logical order, and/or sequence.
  • Interdisciplinary Team (5 Points): Team member(s) enrolled in majors in more than one college in the university.
  • Ability to Engage Judges (10 Points): The pace and content of the presentation is appropriate for an investment audience, the judges questions are answered clearly and concisely.
  • Quality of Written Plan (15 Points): Written and oral presentations are consistent. Written plan supports assertions in the oral presentation. Written plan communicates business concept as a stand-alone document, and stimulates potential investor attention.
  • Quality of Visual Aids (10 Points): Clear, interesting visual aids that help explain the business ideas and concepts. May bring sample products, but no food, drink, or promotional giveaways may be given to the judges.
  • Market Opportunity (10 Points): Clear market need presented, as well as a way to take advantage of that need. Meaningful examples and practical applications.
  • Distinctive Competence (10 Points): The company provides something novel and/or unique that gives it a competitive advantage.
  • Management Capability (10 Points): The team can effectively develop this company and handle the risks associated with the venture.
  • Financial Understanding (10 Points): The team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the business.
  • Investment Potential (10 Points): The business represents an investment opportunity in which one would consider investing.

Oral Presentations (Thursday, May 26)

Each team will present their business plan to a five-member panel of judges in 55-minute blocks. Teams are given 20 minutes for the actual presentation, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session with the judges. There will then be a 10-minute information feedback opportunity with judges, who will use this time to give advice and direction, plus share any experiences they may have relating to the business plan. Teams will have five minutes before their presentation for setup/preparation and five minutes after the presentation for equipment dismantling.

Audio / Visual Information

The equipment provided in presentation rooms are:

  • Podium (team laptops are connected at the podium only)
  • Projector with VGA-only connection (audio cable included with speakers)
  • Large projection screen

Hard-wire Internet connections will be available, connected at the podium. Wi-Fi will also be available in the presentation rooms.

You may use your own laptop, but AEAF will not guarantee that personal laptops and/or converters will be compatible with the projectors provided in the presentation rooms. Teams are required to connect their own laptops, and will need to bring their own converters for any operating systems that are not Windows based.

If teams want AEAF to provide laptops for their presentations, advisors must notify Marie Bruno by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

As noted above, laptop converters, as well as pointers and wireless presentation mice will not be provided.

AEAF does not guarantee video, sound clips, fonts, etc., to work or display at full capacity.

Oral Presentation Judging Criteria

Teams will be judged on the following criteria during their presentations at Tri-State:

Overall Organization (10 points maximum)
Materials presented in clear, logical order, and/or sequence.

Interdisciplinary Team (5 points maximum)
Team member(s) enrolled in majors in more than one college in the university.

Ability to Engage Judges (10 points maximum)
The pace and content of the presentation is appropriate for an investment audience, the judges questions are answered clearly and concisely.

Quality of Written Plan (15 points maximum)
Written and oral presentations are consistent. Written plan supports assertions in the oral presentation. Written plan communicates business concept as a stand-alone document, and stimulates potential investor attention.

Quality of Visual Aids (10 points maximum)
Clear, interesting visual aids that help explain the business ideas and concepts. Teams may bring sample products, but no food, drink, or promotional giveaways can be given to the judges.

Market Opportunity (10 points maximum)
Clear market need presented, as well as a way to take advantage of that need. Meaningful examples and practical applications.

Distinctive Competence (10 points maximum)
The company provides something novel and/or unique that gives it a competitive advantage.

Management Capability (10 points maximum)
The team can effectively develop this company and handle the risks associated with the venture.

Financial Understanding (10 points maximum)
The team has a solid understanding of the financial requirements of the business.

Investment Potential (10 points maximum)
The business represents an investment opportunity in which one would consider investing.


 

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