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Open to all OSU students, the goal of the Riata Business Plan Competition is to promote entrepreneurship and small business development by focusing on student created, managed, and owned ventures

Competition schedule

November 19, 2021: Intent to Compete Deadline

  • Tell us who you are, what you do, and what track you would like to compete in. (one track per team!)
  • For more competition insights, please review our Business Plan Competition Guidelines.
  • December 12, 2021: 10-Page Business Plan Submission Deadline

  • All participants must submit a 10-page business plan to the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at (late submissions will not be accepted)
  • January 19, 2022: Finalist Announced

  • Based on specific judging criteria, the top finalists are announced and will compete in the final round on the Riata Business Plan Competition.
  • February 4, 2022: Riata Business Plan Competition Finals

  • Finalists present their business plans in a private 10-minute presentation to a group of judges followed directly by a 10-minute Q&A session.

    Competition tracks

    Main Street Lifestyles

    This category is for small business startups whose products or services are readily available to the general public. Businesses in this category may have a brick and mortar location or run a retail operation completely online. Main Street businesses innovate through execution and differentiation strategies.

    Big City/High Tech

    This category is for high tech startups that have some sort of intellectual property at the core of their technology offerings. Businesses in this category will usually have patents to disclose or have a unique offering that can scale into large industries. High Tech businesses innovate through technology and go-to-market strategies.

    Social Enterprise

    This category is for social endeavors that are trying to develop, fund, and implement solutions to social, cultural or environmental issues. Businesses in this category could focus on either domestic or international issues in an attempt to better society.

    Rising Entrepreneurs Track

    Previous competition winners go head-to-head as they prepare and present their best presentation to date!

    Congratulations to the first-place winners from 2021

    Main Street Lifestyles: Enlighten- Sarah Elzay & Emily Geest
    High Tech: BioSeal XE- Saeed Manouchehri, Kevin Heupel, Sugandhi Akula, Parna Ghosh
    Social Enterprise: Agsposure- Courtney Brown
    Rising Entrepreneur: Paldara, Inc.- William Colton, Jacob Miller
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