The Business Plan Competition (BPC), launched in 2010, has quickly become a cornerstone Entrepreneurship Program event that recognizes and celebrates innovative student business plans. The BPC helps bridge the gap between the academic and real worlds by affording students the opportunity to present their plans to distinguished alumni competition judges who possess a wealth of entrepreneurial experience. This rich, real world educational opportunity cannot be matched in the typical classroom and also provides student entrepreneurs with exposure to alumni who may be interested in providing seed capital, professional assistance, and/or networking opportunities. In addition, the event has become a great opportunity to bring together W&L's past, present, and future entrepreneurs.
The Entrepreneurship Summit, launched in 2012, takes place each fall and provides the opportunity for alumni, students, and faculty to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and establish valuable connections for present and future entrepreneurial endeavors. The event includes interactive sessions on venture financing, intellectual property, strategic models, leveraging social media, alumni venture pitches, student pitches, and opportunities throughout the two-day event to network with fellow alumni and student entrepreneurs. We've designed the Entrepreneurship Summit to offer valuable learning and sharing opportunities from start to finish. Alumni and students who attended last year's event echoed the same reaction, "The Summit is an event that entrepreneurs shouldn't miss".
The Pitch Competition is an annual event that offers students the opportunities to pitch their business ideas to a panel of distinguished alumni judges. Students interested in participating are required to submit a written pitch proposal that is evaluated by the Venture Club and a select panel of faculty. If selected, students must attend a Pitch Competition workshop to further develop their pitches. The Pitch Competition takes place during the annual Entrepreneurship Summit.
The Williams Schools hosts an annual summit on Social Entrepreneurship. Started in 2014 by Professor Drew Hess, the summit is devoted to fostering student-led social entrepreneurship. In addition to a keynote address, student teams pitch socially conscious startup ideas to judges, who award prizes based on style and content.