Business Plan Competition Reality Show

Just found out about The Next Tycoon — a reality show business competition that will be filming in Atlanta in August and will air in September. (the name is a little ‘Trumpish’ for me, but I am just one)

The show/contest is being produced by an Atlanta-based entrepreneur, W. Cliff Oxford whose firm spent three years on the Inc. 500 list. (he also endows the Executive MBA program at Emory’s Goizueta School of Business.) From the article at

The Next Tycoon is a new reality show that will give entrepreneurs from all ages and backgrounds a chance to present their business ideas to key decision makers and outstanding business and media leaders. The show will be a valuable educational resource as well as a fun opportunity for all participants to share and discuss new, exciting business plans…

While the competition is based and will be filmed in Atlanta, it isn’t limited to the region. Anyone who applies through the Web site,, is eligible as long as he or she has a plan for a viable business venture to present onsite.

It appears there is an $85 fee to apply, but that sounds more like a weeder fee more than anything else. This is another example of the various models and actors experimenting and extending the business plan competition.

Check out the site, there are some interesting things in there. For example, there will be at least 100 people presenting in preliminary rounds and they are not allowed to use ppt. Information on participating can be found here. Let us know if you apply.


4 thoughts on “Business Plan Competition Reality Show

  1. I just finished two books, The Reality of Reality TV: Reality Show Business Plans and the companion workbook, The Reality of Reality TV Workbook. The book is 416 pages with 19 chapters which is a step- by-step process to creating reality shows and the business plans to get funding. The Workbook is 91 pages and contains over 40 worksheets to assist the reader with the practical application sections of the first book. The book covers writing the executive summary, production, cast attachment issues, format and structure of the show, loglines, synopsis, one sheet, marketing, distribution, budget, query letters, press releases and more. A must have book for anyone considering creating or producing a reality show. Available from

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