CEO Program

CEO Student Business Plan Competition 

The South Dakota Mines Competitive Entrepreneurial Opportunity (CEO) Program is a comprehensive, semester-long program that immerses students in learning to draft a business plan and culminates in a pitch competition for cash prizes. The CEO Program is the perfect starting point for students who are interested in entrepreneurship. 

This unique program features workshops on opportunity identification, introduces students to business concepts and project financials, and works through the development of a standard business plan. Students from the CEO program have gone on to win several state and national business plan competitions in addition to securing other forms of funding and recognition including 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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(605) 394-5168