SD Mines CEO Program

SD Mines CEO Student Business Plan Competition Program

Have you ever thought about turning an idea into a business? The SD 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

2017 CEO Student Business Plan Competition Info Session September 12 and 21, 2017 @ 5pm
SD Mines Surbeck Center - Mckeel Rm.
Email Intent to Compete to:

By September 29, 2017
Business Plan Training

October 3, 2017 @ 4pm
Classroom Building, Room 203 

Mentor Support: Each team will receive a mentor Week of October 16, 2017
Training to Develop Business Financials: Facilitated by Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Week of October 30, 2017
Submit Business Plan to Due November 13, 2017
Notification of finalists Week of November 20, 2017
Finalist Pitches and Awards December 2, 2017


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

Thank you Sponsors!

West River Electric Assoc.
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SD Mines Office of the President


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* Governor’s Office of Economic Development funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration.

Office of Economic Development

(605) 394-5168