We appreciate your interest in participating in 2019 Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition (BPC).

For all categories, teams may include both Johns Hopkins University students (undergraduate, graduate and/or post-docs) and non-JHU affiliates; however, at least one team member must meet BOTH of the following requirements:

1. be a current part-time, full-time or Postdoctoral student of any of the nine divisions of Johns Hopkins University during the current academic year.

2. be a member of the venture’s startup management team.

All categories are open to entries from any division of Johns Hopkins and members of teams can span more than one division of the university.


Teams may be any size, but must include at least one student that meets the requirements outlined for Student Enrollment and Team Composition.


Non-students may be members of the venture’s management team and may participate in planning the venture. Non-student team members are welcome to participate in all rounds of the Business Plan Competition. Faculty advisers or other team mentors are encouraged to attend, but cannot participate in the Final Presentation Round.

From all entries, judges will narrow the field to the best thirty-two teams in four categories: general business, medical technology and life science undergraduate track, medical technology and life sciences graduate track, and social enterprises. All finalists will present plans in front of an audience and panel of judges in the final presentation round.

Teams will have the opportunity to meet and network with JHU alumni, early stage investors, and successful entrepreneurs who will serve as judges for the competition.


Qualification to participate in the competition is determined by the criteria outlined in the Business Concepts and Strategy section and by meeting the deadlines as outlined.

How to Enter

Prior to submitting your application, please review eligibility requirements and submission guidelines. We will begin accepting BPC entries January 14, 2019. Applications must be submitted online via the online platform by February 17, 2018.

Note: Students may compete on multiple teams and submit an unlimited number of plans in each BPC category. However, students on multiple teams must ensure that each team has a sufficient number of members to represent each concept should more than one team advance to the Final Presentation Round. 

General Notices

Use of Competition Materials: The Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University reserves the right to use any material prepared for the BPC for the purpose of publicizing and promoting the event. The Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University may use these materials in any printed materials and any videotape or other medium that it may produce. The Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University may videotape any portion of the Competition and utilize these tapes in any way that it sees fit.

Changes to Competition Rules: While not anticipated, BPC rules and prizes are subject to change at any time. Interpretation of the rules will be at the sole discretion of The Center for Leadership Education, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University.

Decisions regarding the Competition and the Winners: All decisions regarding the competition rules, procedures, and processes are at the sole discretion of the Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University. Changes and/or interpretations of these rules may be made by the Center for Leadership Education and Johns Hopkins University at any time, even though they may be (or may appear to be) in conflict with some previously published information. The selection of teams and winners is at the sole discretion of the judges and the Center for Leadership Education.