Rider University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
4th Annual High School Business Concept Competition Application

Winners awarded cash, scholarships*, and a plaque
1st Place: $1,000, a 4-year annual scholarship* of $1,000, and a plaque.
2nd Place: $500, a 4-year annual scholarship* of $1,000, and a plaque.
3rd Place: A 4-year annual scholarship* of $1,000, and a plaque.
4th place: A 2-year annual scholarship* of $500, and a plaque.
5th place: A 2-year annual scholarship* of $500, and a plaque. 

*Scholarship is to attend Rider University as an Entrepreneurial Studies (ES) Major and is contingent upon the student being accepted at Rider University, and continuing as a Rider ES major in good standing for year 2. 

Entry Deadline
November 2017 (applications submitted after the deadline will be entered into next year's competition)

Live Finale
January 2018

WHAT is the High School Business Concept Competition?
The Business Concept Competition is designed to recognize and promote exceptional entrepreneurial skill and creativity among High school students.

WHO is eligible?
Current sophomores, juniors and seniors at High Schools with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

HOW do students apply?
Complete the on-line application.  

HOW are winners selected?
A set of judges will review all entries.  The top five finalists will be invited to present their business concept at Rider University before a panel of judges.  Scores from both the written and oral presentations will be totaled to determine final placement.

WHEN are the awards conferred?
Final placement and awards will be announced following the live presentations. 

For More Information, please contact:

Mariann Ubry
[email protected]
Dr. Lee Zane
[email protected]

Business Concept

The 400 (maximum) word business description should clearly identify the product or service, who or what is the typical customer for this product or service, why the customer will want this product or service, and describe how the product or service will be provided to the customer.

The following factors are essential in any successful Business Concept:

  • The product and/or service is clearly identified [so that readers / judges can easily visualize the product or service]
  • The market being addressed (the customers) is clearly identified, and is of sufficiently large enough quantity to support the business concept
  • The reason that the market wants/needs this product/service is clearly identified and addresses a real want/need of the potential customers
  • The method and/or location of delivering the product/service appears reasonable for the concept and is clearly identified (e.g. retail outlet in downtown Princeton NJ, or Internet-based e-commerce site, or selling products via established retail chain such as Gap or Justice)
  • The source(s) of revenue are clearly identified

Additional factors that will help the business concept with regard to the competition:

  • The name identified for the business or product/service makes sense in regard to the overall business concept [will the name attract potential customers to the product/service]
  • The idea/opportunity is creative, original, and memorable
  • The market opportunity and potential returns are large enough to support the business and appear to be reasonable/believable
  • Your passion and reason for wanting this business concept to succeed is clear
  • The pitch information is presented in a clear, concise, and logical order
Note: This description must not exceed 400 words.