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Business Plan Competition for High School Students

Hosted by the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship
at the C. T. Bauer College of Business


Are you a current high school student
who wants to own your own business?

Think Tank 2021, a business plan competition, is just for you!
Participants will have the opportunity to submit a business plan,
be mentored and compete for prize money. The competition
is open only to students from high schools and programs
within Texas.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Due to COVID-19 we are still determining if this will be an in-person or virtual event.
The event will be during daytime hours.

Application will open on October 1, 2020 and close on December 1, 2020.

Apply Now

Think Tank 2020 Winners

  • The Woodlands College Park High School - GoBoard - 1st Place - $3,000
  • Elkins High School - EVO - 2nd Place - $2,000
  • Heights High School - Bulldog Apparel - 3rd Place - $1,000



  • Applicants must submit a one pager on their idea/technology.
  • Applicants must submit the final slide deck intended to use.
  • Slide deck must include:
    • Type of business
    • Problem
    • Solution
    • Technology/Idea
    • Who is your customer?
    • What is the pain you are solving?
    • Business Model
    • Market Size
    • Basic Financials
  • Applicants must submit a YouTube video (not longer than three minutes) introducing the team and idea/technology.


  • Ten finalists will be chosen.
  • There is no fee for entry.
  • Initial screening of entries will be done by WCE according to their own criteria to arrive at a number of finalists.
  • Selected finalists will have up to ten minutes to present their idea at the final judging event. Three minutes will be allocated for Q&A. The final presentation must include a PowerPoint.
  • Submissions may be entered by teams of 3 to 5 members.
  • Each entrant may enter only one idea.
  • Entries must be the original work of entrants.
  • It is mandatory for the finalists (sponsor and team members) to attend the Business Plan Competition.