South Dakota Mines CEO Program

South Dakota Mines 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

2020 CEO Student Business Plan Competition Info Session September 8 and 15 @ 5pm
South Dakota Mines Classroom Building – Room 205
Email Intent to Compete to:

By September 25
Business Plan Training

October 1 @ 5pm
Classroom Building, Room 205                       

Mentor Support: Each team will receive a mentor Week of October 5
Training to Develop Business Financials: Facilitated by Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Week of October 19
Submit Business Plan to Due November 6
Notification of finalists Week of November 9
Finalist Pitches and Awards November 21: Classroom Building – RM 204


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

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Office of Economic Development

(605) 394-5168