2016 Business Plan Competition at the Paul Merage School of Business

The 2016 Business Plan Competition at The Paul Merage School of Business is one of the nation’s premier business plan competitions offering all UC Irvine students, staff, and researchers the opportunity to form a team, create a business plan, and potentially fund their business idea all within six months. The competition begins with our Signature Kick-off event on Thursday, November 5, 2015. At the Competition Kick-off, participants learn more details about the competition prizes, rules, registration procedures, and meet some of the winners from previous years.

Students who wish to register for the 2016 competition may do so at http://meragebpc2016.istart.org. Participants will form a team, submit their concept papers, attend competition related workshops and submit their final business pitch deck on April 22, 2016. The competition culminates in The Final Presentation and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016, where prizes in excess of $100,000 in value will be awarded.

Between the kick-off and finals, we offer six workshops covering a broad area of business plan development skills led by expert practitioners from across Orange County. The Competition also provides individual team coaches to all teams that qualify for the semi-finals.