Since 2001, the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, through its 501(c)(3) Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), has challenged college students to bring entrepreneurial ideas and talents to life through the Arkansas Governor’s Cup. The $154,000 ALL CASH prize pool generously provided by Delta Plastics makes this competition one of the most prestigious in the country.
The Governor’s Cup was created to:
See “What You’ll Need to Know” for all the 2019 Governor’s Cup details. For questions regarding any aspects of the competition and sponsor opportunities, please contact Arkansas Capital at 501-374-9247, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Governor’s Cup is not possible without sponsors. Click here for the sponsor levels available in 2019.
Because of financial support, the door to the Governor’s Cup is open to any degree-seeking college or university student in Arkansas at no cost. Sponsorships and donations are terrific ways to encourage and support our collegiate entrepreneurial talent!
As noted in the competition rules, the online platform for registration and business plan submission is changing for 2019. Please watch this space throughout the fall semester for updates and instructions.
Semi-Finalist and Finalist Teams advancing to Oral Presentations will be announced at argovernorscup.org Monday, March 11, at noon.
Below are links to previous presentations:
Apex (undergraduate) – https://vimeo.com/220806350
Actio Systems (graduate) – https://vimeo.com/170033303
Drone Surveying Solutions (undergraduate) – https://vimeo.com/169149506
Short Bow (undergraduate) – https://vimeo.com/169149495
AgCorp (undergraduate) – https://vimeo.com/169149494
Vivimmune (graduate) – https://vimeo.com/170033299
A highlight of the Governor’s Cup Awards Luncheon is the Elevator Pitch Competition, where one representative from each of the undergraduate and graduate finalist teams has 90 seconds to pitch his or her team’s business plan to the audience.
The Elevator Pitch Competition is a challenging opportunity for students to shape a statement about their business plan into one that is concise, attention-getting, and can be shared when an unexpected opportunity arises to, literally, “make a pitch.” They could find themselves on the same elevator with a well-known investor and have a 90-second ride together. What do they say?
During the luncheon, competitors will meet Arkansas Capital staff in a pre-designated area to be fitted with wireless microphones, allowing them to move freely during their pitches. When the competition begins, the emcee will call the first competitor to the stage. A time clock is provided and a cue will be given to start the pitch. At 90 seconds, a buzzer will sound, and the competitor leaves the stage. The audience is then prompted to rate the pitch by text vote. Votes are tallied and an undergraduate and graduate winner is announced before the end of the luncheon. Each winner receives a $2,000 cash prize.
See the 2018 Elevator Pitch finalists in action! Fast-forward to 15:50 and have fun!
As pitches are being prepared, teams should consider the following for content:
Practice is key. Competitors need to get the pitches down in 90 seconds or less — and make sense while doing so. They should practice extensively with other team members and also try their pitches on others,
Learn more about how the Governor’s Cup came to be and the amazing impact it has had on entrepreneurship.
Discover how one of the largest ALL CASH prize pools in the United States is distributed by category and winner.
View the names and business ideas of teams that have previously left the Governor’s Cup victorious.