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Deadline: December 10, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a post-secondary institute, or recent alumni graduated within a year of competition. Every participant must meet the minimum tech requirements to run MS Teams.
Location: Online and Fredericton, Canada

Apex Hybrid Business Plan Competition 2021

For the past ten years, UNB’s Apex Business Plan Competition has attracted more and more entrepreneurial students from across Canada to campus.

Despite restrictions and uncertainties imposed by COVID-19, the organisers are committed to continuing this momentum with the 2021 Apex Hybrid format, a blended online & in-person experience, that will be inclusive, engaging, and safe for students to compete and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Teams will compete in a variety of events at either the undergrad or graduate levels virtually or in-person, in front of accomplished judges in the fields of marketing, finance and entrepreneurship.

The Hybrid Experience

The five-day 2021 Apex Hybrid Competition’s online and in-person elements provide flexibility for participants to take part from anywhere. During the competition, students get to build life-long connections and put their entrepreneurial ideas to the test with a panel of experts.

The hybrid experience extends beyond the competitive events, where students will be engaged in webinars with the business community, ice-breaker social activities, and networking opportunities with sponsors.

  • Online Elements

Registered teams gain full-access to the Microsoft Teams platform which will be used across the fiveday event. Teams, judges, and APEX coordinators will be able to communicate through this platform.

  • Hybrid Elements

The final day of the competition will take place at a venue on campus with necessary provision for social distancing*. The event will be live-streamed for remote teams to participate via Microsoft Teams.

Participants, judges, guest speakers, and sponsors can participate in-person or virtually.

Business Plan Content

Each team must submit only one business plan to the competition. Businesses previously submitted to the competition are not eligible.

Teams are required to have personally conducted the business plan analysis and prepared all financial projections for up to two years. Tell a story of “who, what, where, when, why, and how” so the reader clearly understands the business.

Competition Tracks & Prizes

The competition will challenge participants to be innovative and creative as they develop, direct, organize and present a business plan to a panel of judges.

These judges will select the most plausible and promising business plan in each track and award cash prizes to each successful team.

The competition offers over $20,000 in cash prizes. You may be eligible for additional theme-based awards in the competition.

  • Graduate Track
  • Undergraduate Track
  • Elevator Pitch
  • Viewers Choice

Theme based awards:

  • Entrepreneurial Powerhouse
  • Best business plan
  • Social enterprise
  • Undergrad first-year team

Interested in applying for the Apex Hybrid Business Plan Competition 2021? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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