Registration opens for Purdue's $100,000 Burton Morgan business plan competition

September 28, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Registration is under way for the 24th annual Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition, in which Purdue University undergraduate and graduate students will battle for $100,000 in prizes next February.  

Entrants have until noon Oct. 29 to register for the event, which is scheduled for Feb. 22 at Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. To register, go online to

"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."

The Gold division is open to graduate and undergraduate student teams. The winner from among the five finalists will receive a $30,000 top prize. In the Black division, five undergraduate teams will compete for a $20,000 top prize.

When the six-week registration process closes, participants have until noon Nov. 2 to submit executive summaries. Semifinalists are announced Dec. 3, and the deadline to file formal business plans is Jan. 19. Ten finalist teams will then be announced for the Feb. 22 event.

For more information, contact Jackie Lanter of the Burton D. Morgan Center at 765-494-1335,

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.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,

Source: Richard Cosier, 765-494-4366,

Related web sites:
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Krannert School of Management