Hosted by the Center for Leadership Education, the Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition is a nationally recognized event that provides an opportunity for students to take a novel idea and develop a business plan around it. Over two stages of competition held during the spring of each year, students build an understanding of their target market and competitors, craft an effective market entry strategy, and present their plans to industry professionals and venture capitalists on competition day.

Hosted annually on the JHU Homewood campus, the competition has grown over the last twenty years to draw teams from all divisions of the university. The 2019 competition saw over 250 competitors and 90 teams, all vying for a combined $40,000 in prizes. In addition to business plan development experience and prize money, the JHU BPC also provides competitors with valuable mentorship from industry leaders. During Stage 1 of the competition, teams have the option to be matched with mentors who provide feedback and guidance as teams develop their plans. Many competitors have found this direct mentorship to be a highlight of competing. To learn more about the stages of competition, visit our Competition Instructions.   

The competition showcases the talent of students as they present business plans developed over the course of the year. Students walk away from the competition with:

  • Mentorship and networking opportunities with experienced entrepreneurs, industry leaders, venture capitalists, and alumni.
  • Personalized feedback on pitches, presentations, and business plans.
  • Up to $5,000 in prize money.
  • Thorough understanding of what it takes to commercialize an idea or invention.

See important deadlines for this year’s competition on our Complete BPC Timeline.

Learn more about competing here and judging and mentoring here.