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

2019 CEO Student Business Plan Competition Info Session September 10 and 24, 2019 @ 5pm
SD Mines Classroom Building – Room 205-W
Email Intent to Compete to:

By September 27, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Business Plan Training

October 1, 2019 @ 5pm
Classroom Building, Room 205-W 

Mentor Support: Each team will receive a mentor Week of October 7, 2019                                                                                                                                                                              
Training to Develop Business Financials: Facilitated by Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Week of October 21, 2019
Submit Business Plan to Due November 15, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                        
Notification of finalists Week of November 25, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                       
Finalist Pitches and Awards December 7, 2019: 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