To create a successful business plan, entrepreneurs must ask themselves key questions, such as: Does the product or service work? Will anyone buy it? Is the organization set up to execute on the business model? Will this venture make a profit? Does it deliver social and economic value?

Students interested in the Burrill Competition are invited to participate in the new WARF Entrepreneurons seminar series! The seminars are intended to help potential student entrepreneurs answer these questions and many others. Seminar speakers and locations may change: please "Like" the Burrill Competition Facebook page to ensure you receive important event and competition announcements.

Miss an event? No problem! Seminar resources shared by presenters will available for download here


Registration and Mini-Plans due
Friday, March 6, 2015 by 12:00 PM, online

Teams register by submitting a “Mini-Plan” describing their venture – maximum 2 pages – on PitchBurner. Entrepreneurs and investors from across the country will provide feedback to teams on the workability of their concepts.

Business plans due (registrants)

Friday, April 3, 2015 by 12:00 PM, online
Please include a cover form with your final plan. The technology transfer agent for UW-Madsion, WARF, will provide a courtesy review of potential intellectual property issues to teams ahead of the final presentations coming due, and teams will receive additional feedback from judges after the competition.

>>> Attention Registered Students

To submit electronic materials such as your final business plan, video files or narrated slides of your draft presentation, final Powerpoint slides or related materials, please:

  • Log on to PitchBurner
  • Select "Submission"
  • Add files as "Attachments"

Draft presentation due (registrants)
Friday, April 10, 2015, 12:00 PM, online
Avoid common "errors" when presenting your business plan and get concrete ideas on how to make your presentation more effective from Professional Communications instructors in the Wisconsin School of Business. Required. Teams may submit narrated slide decks or videos of themselves presenting.

Final presentations due (registrants)
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by 12:00 PM, online
To ensure compatibility with technology provided in presentation rooms throughout Grainger Hall, please submit Microsoft PowerPoint  or pdf files only.

Competition day (public invited)
Friday, May 1, 2015, all day, Grainger Hall.