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Gillespie Business Plan Competition Finals

Apr 20, 2018

Since 2005, the annual Gillespie Business Plan Competition, organized by the School of Business Administration has been fostering entrepreneurship by encouraging students to develop their business ideas. The hallmark program of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at the university.

Upcoming Events

  • Apr 20
    Gillespie Business Plan Competition Finals
    M-Club | Starnes Hall
  • Apr 27
    Rebel Venture Capital Fund Pitch Day Spring 2018
    Conner 110
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    Gillespie Business Plan Competition

    Marquee Event for the Academic Year

    The marquee event for the academic year is the Gillespie Business Plan Competition, held at the end of the spring semester. There are rules and deadlines soon after the beginning of the spring term, so keep an eye on the upcoming events and following the Center’s Twitter Feed to stay up to date!

    Fall Business Model Competition

    Fall Business Model Competition

    Learn how to validate your business idea and compete for a shot at a series 2 iWatch. Its a quick and easy way to make sure you’re talking to customers correctly and getting to market as quick as you can.

    International Business Model Competition Oxford Regional Qualifier

    On November 10, 2017, Ole Miss will host a regional qualifier for the International Business Model Competition. During a one-day event, colleges and universities from around the mid-south are invited to have their best businesses present their business model to our judges.

    LandShark Tank Pitch Competition

    This is an opportunity for creative students to present their business concept in less than 2 minutes. Convince the judges that your idea is the best and you are capable of executing this idea. If you do that better than everyone else, you will win. Each pitch will be followed by some coaching from faculty and local business people.

    Entrepreneurship Club

    Student Organization

    The Ole Miss Entrepreneurship Club is a student organization focusing on promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship across campus.

    Rebel Venture Capital Fund

    Supporting Student Start-up Businesses

    The Rebel Venture Capital Fund is an alumni established non-profit entity created to financially support student start-up businesses with seed money grants. It is chartered as a 501c (3) and is separate from the university.

    Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

    Entrepreneurs sharing their Experiences

    Each semester leading entrepreneurs visit the campus to share their experiences and perspectives with Ole Miss students.

    Entrepreneurship Minor

    School of Business Administration

    Business students will choose three courses from the five courses below for the Entrepreneurship Minor. Students outside of the School of Business will need to take GB 370 to satisfy prerequisites for admission to enroll in the Entrepreneurship Minor courses.

    Entrepreneurship Major

    Be Ready - Study Entrepreneurship

    The average graduate will work for 8 employers by the time you are 30. You can’t trust an employer to help you find career and market opportunities anymore. You need a degree that gets you ready to take on the challenges you will find outside Ole Miss. This is it.

    Farrington Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award

    2016 Winner- William Yates

    Every year the business school selects one business or entrepreneur to recognize as the Farrington Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. The winners are nominated by the community and selected by the Dean of the School of Business Administration.

  • Gillespie Business Plan Competition
  • Fall Business Model Competition
  • International Business Model Competition Oxford Regional Qualifier
  • LandShark Tank Pitch Competition
  • Entrepreneurship Club
  • Rebel Venture Capital Fund
  • Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Entrepreneurship Major
  • Farrington Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Apply for the Student Business Consulting program.


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