CEO Program

CEO Student Business Plan Competition Program

Have you ever thought about turning an idea into a business? The South Dakota Mines Competitive Entrepreneurial Opportunity (CEO) Program, a student business plan competition, is the perfect starting point for students who are interested in entrepreneurship. The competition introduces students to entrepreneurship by providing training, mentors, and the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a cash prize! In addition, it's a great platform to prepare our students for the SD Governor’s Giant Vision Business Plan Competition.

Competition Calendar

2021 CEO Student Business Plan Competition Info Session September 7 and 16 @ 5pm
Surbeck Center - Bump Lounge 
Email Intent to Compete to:

By September 24 
Business Plan Training

September 28 @ 5pm
October 5 @ 5 p.m. 
Classroom Building, Room 205                       

Mentor Support: Each team will receive a mentor Week of October 11 
Training to Develop Business Financials: Facilitated by Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Week of October 25
Submit Business Plan to Due November 19
Notification of finalists Week of November 22 
Finalist Pitches and Awards December 4 
King Center, Hall of Fame Conference Room


Contact the Office of Economic Development:
Phone: 605-394-5168

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Office of Economic Development

(605) 394-5168