The i2i competition, which started in 2015, gives high school and college students the opportunity to present their business plan ideas, receive constructive feedback from a panel of judges and compete for prize money. The program was launched to foster entrepreneurial education and interest among high school and college students throughout the region.

“The competition assists aspiring entrepreneurs in the new approach to launching companies, and it will help them become more successful entrepreneurs by decreasing the time it takes for them to reach that success,” Chelsea Limoges, coordinator of executive education and marketing and external relations, said. “Students get to network with leading business entrepreneurs and learn from investors on how to turn their ideas into realities.”

Ten high school teams and 10 university teams have been invited to present their concepts at the competition. Participating students are required to prepare a poster outlining their business model, compose a 300-word abstract describing the business model, and give a 10-to-15-minute oral presentation to a panel of judges. Prize money will be awarded to the top three competition finalists in both the high school division and the university division.

Alumnus Mike Kujak, president and CEO of Francis Medical, will give the keynote address titled "The Importance of Business Education in Technology-Based Entrepreneurship" in Beacom 133 from 4:30-4:50 p.m. In addition to the keynote speaker, USD Beacom School of Business faculty will present throughout the competition.

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