Fintech Business Plan Competition
The Business Plan Competition began in 2009, thanks to the support of Fintech, the leader in electronic payments for alcohol distributors and retailers, and Scott Riley, the firm's CEO. The competition provides USF students a chance to receive critical assessments and reviews of their new businesses with professional guidance on strategies and tactics to successfully fund and grow new ventures. Judges are business and financial leaders from across the country and around the world. Student entrepreneurs submit compelling business plans and present them before their peers, business professionals, faculty, and judges.
The Fintech business plan competition is open to all USF graduate and undergraduate students. At least one person in the company's ownership group must be a current USF student. Members of participating companies will develop and submit a written business plan to a panel of judges – venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and consultants. Winner must file to become a legal entity in Florida.
The winner will receive $15,000 to take their company to the next level. In addition, the winner will have the opportunity to have office space at the USF Student Innovation Incubator and represent USF at the Florida Venture Forum state-wide collegiate business plan com-petition in Orlando.