Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Certificate Program Students Make it to the Semi-Finals in the BDM Business Plan Competition

January 27, 2011

Eleven of the thirteen semi-finalist teams competing in the 24th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition are comprised of Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program studnets. Purdue University undergraduate students will battle for $40,000 in prizes this February 22nd at Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

"Over the years, the quality of the business plans and the caliber of the presenters for Purdue's Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition seem to rise," said Richard Cosier, director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. "It's exciting to be a part of one of the nation's longest-running, university-led, business plan competitions."

Five undergraduate teams will be selected and then compete for a $20,000 top prize.

Competition sponsors are the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and Krannert School of Management. Indianapolis-based law firm Ice Miller, which has provided scholarship funding for Purdue's Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, also is offering in-kind services to the competition's top finishers.

The Burton D. Morgan Foundation established the competition in 1987 with an endowment gift to Purdue. The 1987 inception date makes it the third longest-running business plan competitions in the country. The Burton D. Morgan Foundation also funded the $7 million, 31,000-square-foot Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, the first building to open in Discovery Park in 2004.

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