Company Description Length: Submit one paragraph of the problem that your company is solving along with a 2 sentence maximum company description. Submission: Submit via email to SMUBPC@gmail.com by the deadlines outlined on the Schedule page.
Format: PDF only. See below for suggested format of content. Length: 2 page maximum. Cover page, excel sheet, or any citations page do not count against the 2 page maximum. (It is optional to submit an excel sheet detailing your financials projections.) Prerequisite(s): None Submission: Submit via email to SMUBPC@gmail.com by the deadlines outlined on the Schedule page.
Format: 60-second oral presentation. No slides, notes, or props allowed. Length: 60 seconds timed. Going over will negatively affect your score. Prerequisite(s): Submission of company description by the deadline outlined on the Schedule page. Judges: Expert panel from various companies
Format: PDF only. 12 pt font, 1" margins, double-spaced. Length: 5 pages recommended. 25 page maximum. Appendices and exhibits do count against the 25 page maximum; cover page and any citations page do not. Prerequisite(s): Submission of Executive Summary, selection as a Finalist. Judges: Various leaders from the Dallas business community with relevant subject matter expertise. Judges typically come from successful start-ups, VC/PE firms, business accelerators/incubators, entrepreneurial law and marketing firms, SMU MBA faculty, and others. Submission: Submit rough and final drafts via email to SMUBPC@gmail.com by the deadlines outlined on the Schedule page.
Company Description This is simply a couple sentences describing your business. The exact "Mad Lib" style format below is NOT a requirement, but a guideline.
[Company Name] is a [Type of Company] that [problem you solve] for [who you solve it for]. Unlike [competition], we [differentiators].
Executive Summary This is a standard suggestion on how to organize the content of your executive summary. This exact format is NOT a requirement; however, it would be wise to ensure the same topics are discussed regardless of how they are organized.
1 - What is the business? What problem are you solving? 2 - Greater detail on your solution to the problem. How does it work? How will you make money? 3 - The Market. Who is the market? Why will they want your solution? Who are your competitors? 4 - Sales. How will you attract the market? Through what channels? 5 - Team. Who is on your team? Should include Management and any Advisors. 6 - Financials. How much money do you need? How will you use this money? -- A very simple pro forma income statement is advised (annual figures for 3 years)