By September 30, 2014, all registered team contacts will receive detailed instructions via email describing how to submit the 200-word summary. The deadline for the submission of the 200-word summary (ensuring eligibility for prizes) is September 30, 2014 at 11:59PM CST. Entries must target the food industry and address or be related to at least one of the following broad categories:
- Inputs and production
- Processing, packaging and safety
- Storage and distribution
- Healthy eating and food education
General entry guidelines and dates of importance:
- The entry must be composed of a process, product, service, or technology.
- For the initial round of competition, each entry must consist of two elements that are submitted:
- A completed application (distributed to only those who have registered)
- A 200 word summary of the business plan (that may be made publicly available).
- The 20 teams that are invited be compete as finalists must submit: a narrative of the business proposal that does not exceed 15 pages and a presentation, prototype, video or other visual representation suitable for your business model**
- Teams invited to participate in the announcement of the finalist teams (November 1, 2014, Austin, Texas). On November 1, 2014, finalist teams will be paired with mentors
- Registration for the competition opens June 1, 2014 and continues through September 30, 2014. We advise teams to register early.
- Initial round of competition entries must be received by September 30, 2014 at 11:59PM CST. Finalist teams will be notified after October 1, 2014 of their finalist status.
- **Only the 20 finalist teams chosen for the final round will be asked to produce a presentation, prototype, video or other visual representation. The finalists will be notified of their status. Please keep in mind that this component of the final submission will need to be completed by February 14, 2015. Finalists will be given guidelines for this portion of the final submission when they are notified of their status as finalists.
Haven’t written a business plan before? Need some more information to help you reach these guidelines? We’ve compiled a short list of online resources that you might find helpful:
- Small Business Administration guide to writing a business plan
- A more recent approach to business planning in the Business Model Canvas
- A video series on the Business Model Canvas
- The lean startup is easily holding the most “get started” buzz around business formation
- Nate Lustig provides a great getting started guide to entrepreneurship
- TED is a great resource to see a lot of wonderful speakers, but sometimes the speakers speak on how to speak effectively