More than 200 entrepreneurs or entrepreneur teams entered the 2012 Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge by the deadline Saturday night. The 14th annual contest, sponsored by Florida International University's Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center, now enters the judging phase.
More than half of the entries submitted -- 112 contestants -- entered the Community Track, open to all South Floridians with businesses under two years old or in the idea phase. The FIU Track, open to FIU's alumni and students, and the High School Track, open to grades 9-12 and co-sponsored by the NFTE South Florida (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), split the rest of the entries. If you entered the contest and did not get an email confirmation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Concepts included film/music/entertainment plans, culinary creations, international trade focused ventures, fashion, publishing, lots of lifestyle products and plenty of apps and technology ventures.
Now, panels of judges in the three tracks will critique the written plans on both the idea and the quality of the plan. The first round, the semifinalists, will be announced April 9 in Business Monday and MiamiHerald.com/business. Then the top six will be announced April 23.
The top six in the Community and FIU Tracks will also participate in the People's Pick contest, where the online community will vote for that prize. That week of voting will also take place April 23
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