Business Plan Challenge grows, adds new track.

This year, there will be even more ways to win the Business Plan Challenge, our annual business plan competition.

That’s because the Challenge, now in its 12th year, is growing. We have a sponsor — Florida International University’s Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center — and there will be three contest tracks.

Like last year, there will be a community track, the main contest open to all South Florida residents, and a student track, open to grades 9-12 that we run with our contest partner NFTE (The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) South Florida.

The new addition is an FIU track, open to alumni, students, faculty and staff.

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The annual Entrepreneur Challenge Business Plan Competition is designed to provide a platform for FIU affiliates (including students, faculty, staff and alumni) to showcase new ideas, while providing a forum to attract investment for their business models. The business model must prove itself to have breadth and sustainability; as well as demonstrate that it possesses, or can acquire, the resources to actually launch and be viable. Since 2004, the Pino Center has recognized approximately fifty-five noteworthy student business plans that have received a cash gift and have launched new ventures. This year, the Pino Center and the FIU’s College of Business have joined forces with The Miami Herald, and for the first time the Pino Center will be the naming sponsor for the Miami Herald’s Business Plan Challenge.

The Miami Herald Business Plan Competition, presented by the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center, will offer two tracks for the competition: one open only to FIU affiliates and a second track open to the South Florida community at large.

For more information please visit the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center web site at

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