Competition Structure

The Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC) is among the leading global university-run business plan competitions. The WBPC was launched in 1998 by the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club and is now part of Wharton Entrepreneurship, which co-manages the event with a specially selected student management committee. The WBPC is open to all students at the University of Pennsylvania and, since its inception, has drawn over 150 student teams annually, comprising over 400 participants from Schools across the University of Pennsylvania.

The WBPC is structured to help teams enhance their understanding of starting a business and develop their ventures in both a collaborative and competitive environment.

Preparing to Enter the WBPC
  • During the Fall semester, Wharton Entrepreneurship hosts a series of workshops (WE Wednesdays) designed to support student entrepreneurs as they develop their ideas and refine their business models. Please go to the Schedule of Events for more information about select WE Weds workshops and other events of interest to WBPC participants.
First Round
  • The WBPC will open for submissions on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 2pm (EST). During this first round of the competition, teams will have the opportunity to submit a Business Overview. The deadline to submit is Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2pm (EST). The top 25 teams, as determined by the judges, will advance to the Semifinals.
Semifinals Round
  • During the Semifinals, the top 25 teams submit a full business plan and pitch to a panel of judges. Eight teams (the Great Eight) will advance to the Venture Finals. Semifinalist submissions will be accepted starting on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 2pm (EST); the deadline to submit the business plan is Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2pm (EST) and the deadline to submit the pitch deck is Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2pm (EST). Teams will pitch to the judging panels on Friday, March 20, 2015.
Venture Finals Round
  • At the WBPC Venture Finals, the "Great Eight" present live for a chance at over $115,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. The Venture Finals will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015. The top team will be awarded The Perlman Prize (made possible through the generous support of Ellen Hanson Perlman and Richard E Perlman, W'68). The Perlman Prize carries a $30,000 cash prize and $15,000 of in-kind services.