Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge

Do you have a business idea?

Enter the 2017 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge presented by FIU's Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center and College of Business

Entry Dates: January 30th through March 20th, 2017

Entering the challenge can give you valuable media coverage in The Miami Herald as well as exposure to possible investors in your business.

The FIU Track is open to all current FIU Students & Alumni.

Download 2017 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge

Submit your entry

Executive Summary maximum of 3 pages, minimum 10pt font.

Must include 1 Additional Page for Financial Analysis / Projections.

Recommended to include Risk Factors Associated & Exit Strategy.

Have a 5 minute PowerPoint Presentation of your business plan ready should you be selected as a Semi-Finalist.

Send via email to along with your FIU Student ID Number.

Important Challenge Dates

Monday, January 30th
Official Call for Entries and cover story in The Miami Herald Business Monday.

Monday, March 20th
All entries must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm - NO EXCEPTIONS!

Monday, April 3rd
FIU Track Live Pitch Presentation.

Monday, May 8th
The Miami Herald Business Monday cover story will announce judges' winners and People's Pick with profiles of winners.

2017 FIU Track Judges

Jose Alvarez
Assistant Vice President, Prospera

Dr. Karlene Cousins
Associate Professor of Decision Science & Information Systems,
Florida International University

Anna Etinne
Program Director Food Incubator | Startup FIU

Dr. Seema Pissaris
Clinical Professor of Management,
Florida International University

Ricardo Weisz
Consultant, Florida SBDC at FIU
Founder & President of Northvest
President of Miami Innovation Fund
Founder of Interim Healthcare of Miami

Get Started Today!

We're here to help with all of your enquiries. Please submit the form below with your questions.

Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center
FIU Downtown on Brickell
1101 Brickell Avenue, S1100
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: 305.779.9230
Fax: 305.779.9231

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