2009 DEN Business Plan Competition

Details about the 2009 Seattle finals, judges, and contestants is now available online.

Attention Dartmouth-affiliated entrepreneurs!

The 2009 Dartmouth Business Plan Competition is kicking off.  Please see the contest rules and details below.  Teams must have at least one member who is affiliated with the Dartmouth community (defined as:  student, alumnus, faculty, researcher, staff member, etc. of any graduate school or the undergraduate college).

One plan will be chosen from each Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) chapter to compete in the Finals at Dartmouth.  There will be a qualifying round in the Seattle area to select our chapter's entrant.  Seattle's winning team (or representatives) must be able to fly to Hanover for the Final Round presentations on May 8th.  The winning team at the Finals receives $50,000 and significant VC and angel exposure.

Good Luck!


Please direct any questions to:

DEN Seattle organizer
Allison FitzGerald (, or,

Tuck liaison Mac Dougherty (

Competition rules:

Download and view the competition rules.

Key dates and deadlines:

Friday March 13, 12PM (Seattle Qualifying Round)
Indication of interest in participating due.  Contestants must confirm their interest in participating via an email to  There is no penalty for changing your mind and deciding NOT to participate after this date, however only people who have confirmed their interest will receive future email updates.  If you do not email by this time you risk missing important information.

Saturday April 4, 12PM  (Seattle Qualifying Round)
1-2 page executive summary due.  Submit via email to
Saturday April 11  (Seattle Qualifying Round)
Top 5 teams notified by email that they have made it to the Qualifying Rounds to be held in Seattle on April 18th.
Sunday April 12, 12PM  (Seattle Qualifying Round)
Full business plans due from top 5 teams.  Submit via email to

Saturday April 18 (Seattle Qualifying Round, tentative 9AM-12PM, local location tbd)
Qualifying Round presentations from top 5 teams to Seattle judging panel.  Format to strictly parallel the Final Round format:  10 minute powerpoint and 10 minute Q&A per team.  Presentations will be open to an audience for learning purposes, therefore business plans will not be kept confidential.  Winning Seattle team determined at this time after judge deliberations.
Thursday April 23, 5pm (Seattle winning team only)
Final edits of winning Seattle business plan and powerpoint decks due.  Submit via email to
Friday May 8th (Final Round.  Location Hanover, NH; time tbd)
Qualifying Round winners from all cities compete in Finals at Dartmouth.  Winner of nationwide competition determined at this time.
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