Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Business Plan Competition for High Schoolers Now Accepting Applications

Do you know an aspiring young entrepreneur? We're all familiar with business plan competitions for university students. Well, here's a program and opportunity that caters to a different demographic: high schoolers. Hop on the BUS! Business Plan competition is in its seventh year, and is open to individual students or teams of up to four students.

Hop on the BUS is open to any high school-aged student from public school, private school, home school, 4-H, after-school program, or anywhere else. Individual students or teams may register for the competition and participate in Round 1 of the competition through February 24th  at

The Hop on the BUS! Business Plan Competition is a great way to explore ideas and develop them into a business plan. The competition can be an integral part of any high school course, club or afterschool activity to nurture an entrepreneurial spirit. The competition consists of three rounds that end March 31st. The top ten teams are selected to progress to the semi-final round to complete a video pitch of their business plan to a panel of judges. The top three finalists are recognized for their business plan and video pitch.

In the past 6 years over 450 teams of aspiring entrepreneurs have submitted plans for medical practices, dance studios, rental boats, equine services, fashion, culinary arts, and much more.