Dakota State University in Madison introduced a business plan competition last year for DSU students, and this year it has expanded to include a high school category.  

To participate in the business plan competition, entrants were required to complete a business plan, with finalists participating in a pitch competition where they will have 90 seconds to pitch their plan.

Dr. Michael Roach, DSU assistant professor of management and advisor of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (or CEO) Club, said the pitch competition requires participants to share their plan quickly in an understandable, attention catching synopsis.  

The college division of the business plan competition will compete in a pitch tournament on Friday, March 27th, while the 20 high school finalists will visit DSU on Saturday, March 28th for a pitch competition.

High school business finalists are from across South Dakota.

This year’s competition is fully funded through sponsorships from organizations like the Lake Area Improvement Corporation and Heartland Consumers Power District.