SBDC Best Business Idea Competition

Presented by Southern Utah University and the Small Business Development Center:

Here's how to enter the 13th Annual Best Business Idea Competition

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If you think you have what it takes to be one of Southern Utah's best entrepreneurs then get working on your idea for the 2018-2019 13th Annual Best Business Idea Competition.

When: Entries will be due by midnight on Friday, December 7, 2018. Entries must be submitted online. Download the 2018-19 official rules.

Who: ANY and all SUU students and ANY resident of the tri-country area of Iron, Beaver and Garfield counties.

What: Submit your best business idea on the official entry form on our Sign Up page. As in the past it must include information about participant(s), an "executive summary" of the business idea. An optional short, 2-minute video describing your idea is highly recommended but not required.

How: Entries will be confidentially evaluated by a panel of judges selected from the community (i.e. successful entrepreneurs, community and business leaders, School of Business faculty and staff, etc..) Those with the "best" ideas will be given the opportunity to present their "elevator pitch," in person to the panel of judges. From those presenting, the "Best Business Idea" winners will be determined. Two training sessions will be held at the SUU Business Resource Center located in the Business & Technology building at 510 West 800 South in Cedar City to help you with your submission and presentation. Email  to reserve a seat for Wednesday, December 5 at Noon. Both presentations to judges and announcements of winners will be made in January 2019.

What for: In 2018-19, the Sponsored Awards were: 1st Place - $5,000; 2nd Place - $3,000; 3rd Place - $1,000, and two honorable mentions of $500 each. Restrictions apply as to how prize money may be used. SUU students will also be eligible for additional funding through the Opportunity Quest competition.

We also hope that successful businesses will be launched as a result of the competition.

All entries will be kept confidential.

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