Current full- or part-time, degree-seeking Arkansas college and university students who want a real-world opportunity to explore a business idea or simply learn more about entrepreneurship are invited to compete!
Students and advisors for the top three winning teams in both divisions will once again share a $114,000 cash prize pool!
Teams are not required to start their businesses to compete, and the competition is free.
Arkansas Capital launched the Governor’s Cup in 2001 to increase student appreciation for the challenges that come with developing a viable business offering. Through a rigorous, real-world process, the competition recognizes teams that are best able to articulate a plan that addresses these challenges and convince judges that their ideas will be profitable.
This appreciation and the real-world skills gained by competing will serve students well into the future professionally and personally – regardless of whether or not they launch their business venture.
- January 3
Team Application Window Opens in YouNoodle
- February 5
Team Applications Created in YouNoodle
- February 12
Business Plans and Team Showcase Video Due
- March 3
Team Showcase Video and Finalists Announcement
- March 16
Oral Presentations (Virtual)
- April 7
Fayetteville Public Library Event Center
Download the Competition
For Rules, How to Get Started,
How to Register Teams, Business Plan Requirements, and more!
Thank you, 2022 Sponsors!
Dhu C. Thompson
High Growth / Technology
AT & T Arkansas
Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
Eric Rob & Isaac
Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC
Rose Law Firm
CASH prizes will be awarded to the winning teams – that includes students AND faculty!
Previous Winners and Awards Luncheon Videos
The Governor’s Cup has been around longer than some of today’s competitors! Nearly 3,000 students have been impacted since the first competition in 2001. Who were the winners?