Business Plan Competitions


I-69 Collegiate Innovation Challenge

I-69 is a weekend-long business plan competition hosted by the Growth Council. The participants of the I-69 Challenge come from these elite Indiana Universities:

  • Anderson University
  • Ball State University
  • Huntington University
  • Grace College
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Taylor University

At the beginning of the weekend, five teams are composed with one student from each school to collaborate. The students choose a social problem for which they must come up with a for-profit solution. Within 24 hours the teams must present a finished plan to a panel of esteemed judges who will select the top three teams to win cash prizes. In the past, students have addressed some of these issues:

  • Domestic Natural Disasters
  • HealthCare
  • Attainable Healthy Lifestyles
  • Immigration
  • Collegiate Graduate Retention



Young Entrepreneurs Program of Grant County

The Young Entrepreneurs Program of Grant County gives high school juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to explore business fundamentals and entrepreneurship in an interactive, hands-on way. The program was started in 2011 as a 10 week business plan competition where students learn business fundamentals from local business professionals. Students present their ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win scholarships.


Goals of the Program:

  • To cultivate innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in Grant County
  • To empower the young people in our community, enriching their education and investing in their future
  • To engage the business community in investing in the next generation of Grant County



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