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Washington and Lee to Host Business Plan Competition

Washington and Lee University’s Business Plan Competition will take place this Saturday, April 11, in the Hillel House multipurpose room. Breakfast will be served at 7:15 a.m., with presentations beginning at 8 a.m.

The Business Plan Competition was launched in 2010 by Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership Jeffrey Shay and is one of the signature programs of the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. Students who enroll in BUS 399 Entrepreneurship work in teams to write business plans that they present at the competition.

The competition takes place twice a year—in the fall and winter terms. Winners of the fall competition advance to a finals round, which is held at the conclusion of the winter competition.

The competition is judged by a panel of alumni and special guests who evaluate the students’ business plans and presentations. This year’s panel will include Rick Dowd, Geoffrey Veale ’99, Eleanor Cole Boyle ’06, Kevin Bowles ’82, Lang Craighill ’76, Greer Johnson ’05, Wade Meadows ’84 and Georgette George.

The program is expected to run until 12:30 p.m. The winning team will be announced during a luncheon scheduled to immediately follow the presentations.