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PASSHE Sponsored Business Plan Competition

At the beginning of each fall semester, Kutztown University students, regardless of major, will have the opportunity to draft and present their innovative ideas to local and state judges.  An informational session will be held early each fall semester.  Workshops will be held in the evenings so that students will be able to translate their passions into viable business plans.

During the 2011 competition, 362 students particapated in this State System competition.  Nine KU student teams placed among the top 25 finalists, and one team placed third overall.  This team was made up of two graduate students, James Rodriguez and Michael Grimm.  James was a History major as an undergraduate and Michael was an English major.  Budding Kutztown entrepreneurs come from all majors and backgrounds!

Funds are awarded to the top three business plans to be used to start the proposed business.  The winning team or individual will be offered consulting services from the Jump Start Incubator (JSI) in Reading, which is operated by the KU Small Business Development Center. 

 For additional information on the Business Plan Competition please contact: Dr. Duane Crider, ELC Faculty Coordinator at 610-683-4375 or at