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Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM  |  Lansing Center, Downtown Lansing

Lansing Celebrates Youth Entrepreneurship

This event is open to any student middle school or high school aged living in the tri-county region of Lansing (Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton Counties). The event consists of business plan contest for student ideas. Students who participate are eligible to WIN scholarship dollars and cash prizes that can be used towards pursuing their ideas. Students who participate in The Generation E Institute, Junior Achievement, 4H, DECA, BPA or any student who is familiar with writing a business plan are welcome to submit.

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Event Details 

Award Categories

  • Grand Champion 
  • Best Overall Business Plan (1st, 2nd and 3rd places)
  • Best Business Plan in Category
    • Tech Business
    • Eco-Friendly business
    • Socially Responsible Business
    • Green Energy Tech Idea
    • Physical Product
    • Food Based Business
    • Service Based Business
    • Fashion or Design based Business
    • YEA! Business 
    • Newcomer - New Idea
    • Innovation for Social Justice
    • Ready to Patent Prototype 
    • Champion - Teacher/Educator
    • District Representation
  • Best Table Pitch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places)
  • Best Booth Display (1st’ 2nd, and 3rd places)
  • Crowd Favorite

Executive Summary Business Plan - 50% of Total Score
Each student is required to submit a 2-page executive summary business plan.

Product/Service Display - 50% of Total Score
Each student is required to display their idea/business in some fashion. An 8 foot table will be provided for the students’ use. Students will have access to power. Students will not have access to WIFI. 

Champion - $1,000 Cash Prize
One student team will win the coveted Champion Award using their overall scores for Best Executive Summary Business Plan and Best Product Display/Demo.

Students have the opportunity to win cash prizes totaling over $10,000

Event Date

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The Lansing Center
Downtown, Lansing, MI

Participant Registration

Participant registration opens November 1st.

Schedule of Events

 9:00 AM   Student Arrival 
 9:30 AM  Student Display & Present to Judges
 11:30 AM  Student Lunch/Judges' Deliberation
 12:30 PM  Awards Presentation
 1:30 PM  Adjournment

Additional Information for Participants:

1. You must submit a business plan through the online portal between November 1, 2017 - February 1, 2018.

2. Business Plans should be 2-pages (maximum) and should consist of:  1. Problem  2. Solution  3. Target Market  4. Marketing   5. Financial Summary  6. Competition  7. Team  8. Why is this good for the Lansing region?  9. Next -Steps

3. Lunch will be served to all students and chaperones. 

4. Each student/class/group is responsible for their own transportation to and from to the Lansing Center.