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H-E-B School of Business & Administration Business Plan Competition Winners

The H-E-B School of Business and Administration holds a UIW campus-wide Business Plan Competition during each fall semester.

The winning team takes home a $2,000 cash prize. Second place is awarded $1,000.

Who Can Participate

The Business Plan Competition is open to all UIW students (undergraduate and graduate). Students do not need to be business majors to compete.

Creation of teams is highly recommended, but students can compete on their own.

Why You Should Compete

Participating in the Business Plan Competition allows students to develop their entrepreneurial skills. As students build their plans and develop their business model, they will practice problem-solving, critical thinking and increase their ability to work with others.

Teams will develop a business idea (business model) to create a product or service. Then, they will write a business plan to launch it in the marketplace. The business plan incorporates students' knowledge of finance, management and human resources, marketing and consumers, accounting, business law and information systems.

By participating in this competition, students will have access to exclusive workshops and material focused on the development of a successful business model and business plan. In addition, all teams will receive thoughtful and constructive feedback from mentors (professors and other community professional volunteers) as they develop their business plan.

Other benefits to participants include resume building, real-world mentoring and, of course, cash prizes for the top teams.

How It Works

The Business Plan Competition is divided into two phases.

Phase 1: During the first phase, participants will attend a series of workshops related to the development of a business model. Then, the top business ideas will be selected to pass to the second phase.

Phase 2: In the second phase, participants will write their business plan. In this stage, students will learn about the structure of a successful business plan while receiving feedback from mentors.

Important Dates

Below are important dates and events regarding the 2017 Business Plan Competition.

Friday, September 15: Deadline to register for the competition.

  • At this time, student teams declare their intent to participate. It is required to submit a brief summary of the business idea, and contact information for all team members. Scroll down to complete registration.

Friday, September 15: Introduction to the Business Plan Competition.

  • Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. – Location: GB 212
  • Phases will be explained and students will be trained for the HEBSBA incubator platform.

Friday, September 22: Business Model Canvas Workshop (Part 1).

  • Time: 1:30 - 4 p.m. – Location: GB 212
  • This workshop will focus on idea generation activities using design thinking tools, including the business model canvas.

Friday, October 6: Business Model Canvas Workshop (Part 2).

  • Time: 1:30 - 4 p.m. – Location: GB 212 
  • This workshop will focus on reviewing student teams‚ business models and providing feedback to teams.

Friday, October 13: Deadline to submit a revised hard copy of business model canvas.

  • Time: 5 p.m. – Location: GB 137

Friday, October 20: Business Model finalists are announced. Finalists will continue the Business Plan Competition.

Friday, October 27: Business Plan Workshop.

  • Time: 1:30 - 4 p.m. – Location: GB 212
  • This workshop will explain the different sections of the business plan document.

Friday, November 1: Business Plan Presentations

  • Time: 12 - 2 p.m. – Location: SEC 2050
  • Business experts will evaluate competitors' business plans.

November 1-15: Mentoring Period.

  • Business experts will listen to and critique the in-progress business plans.

Friday, December 1: Final Written Plans Submission.

  • Time: 5 p.m. – Location: GB 137

Wednesday, January 24: Awards Ceremony. Finalists present.

  • Time: 12 - 1 p.m. – Location: Library Auditorium.


Questions about the competition should be directed to:

Dr. Jose F. Moreno

(210) 930 8011


Complete the registration form below if you are interested in participating in the 2017 Business Plan Competition.

If you are competing as a team, please select one member to be the main contact person for your team. Please submit only one registration form per team.

If you are competing solo, please complete the form below and skip the questions specific to teams.


Registration Form: Registration for the 2017 Business Plan Competition has ended.

Previous Winners

Below is a list of previous winners of the Business Plan Competition. Click on the links to read more about their winning business plans.


  • Niklas Blachnik and Kerstin Blachnik won first place in 2016-2017.

  • Bret Roberts won second place in 2016-2017.

  • Ramil Rodriguez won first place for his company Social Stash.

  • Clementine Kauffman, was awarded $2,000 for her business plan "Roll-out," a third-party provider of foam rollers and massage sticks geared towards athlete rehabilitation.

  • Business Plan Competition winners 2014, Garrett Townzen and Devin Judkins. "Texas Premiere Sports," a club sports organization that facilitates youth basketball tournaments.