The GMU website has a nice piece on the School of Management’s annual undergraduate business plan contest. From Catherine Ferraro of GMU:
A personalized scholarship database; a customized online cookbook; a product that revolutionizes how acoustic drums are recorded. These are just some of the innovative ideas that were created by Mason students and presented at the fourth annual Dean’s Business Plan Competition in December 2010.
Sponsored by Mason’s School of Management SOM and supported by the Mason Entrepreneurship Initiative, the competition takes place at the end of the fall semester.
During the competition, undergraduate student teams submit business plan ideas and receive feedback from successful entrepreneurs, as well as cash rewards.
“I believe it is very important to help students realize their potential and connect with members of the business community,” says Mahesh Joshi, the associate professor of entrepreneurship and global strategy who started the competition.“In addition, the competition furthers the mission of the university by encouraging students to think entrepreneurially and gets them excited about creating firms based on their own original ideas.”
I have been lucky enough to work with great students in this contest over the past two years.