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Seminole State announces inaugural business startup contest and entrepreneurship fair

The Center for Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship will host two events to help students and alumni develop their businesses.

Students at Seminole State College of Florida will have a new entrepreneurship experience this spring, as the Center for Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship hosts its inaugural Business Plan Competition and Entrepreneurship Fair. In addition to giving students a chance to show their business savvy, the events are designed to help bolster a culture of small business and startups in Central Florida.

Business Plan Competition

The Business Plan Competition, known as Seminole Startup, gives Seminole State students the opportunity to create and develop an original business plan, with coaching from faculty mentors and the Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee, to earn cash prizes and support. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors in the business community based on criteria such as: product or service, market opportunity, marketing strategy, management team, pro forma financials and use of capital.

The competition is open to all current Seminole State students, including students enrolled in the Adult High School and the Dual Enrollment Program. Students may enter the competition either individually or on a team. Submissions for the competition will be accepted via an online form Feb. 16-March 22, with the prizes being awarded in April.

Prizes for Seminole Startup will include cash awards of $2,500, $1,000 and $500. The winning entrants will present their proposals following the Entrepreneurship Fair on April 12 and during a Presidents' Club networking event later in April.

Entrepreneurship Fair

Seminole State's collegewide Entrepreneurship Fair is intended as an opportunity for current and former Seminole State students to share their business successes and their startup stories with the community. Participation in the fair is open to all Seminole State students and alumni for free, and members of the community at large are invited to attend the fair to learn tips and information on how to create a successful business.

Current or former Seminole State students who would like to present their stories or represent their businesses at the Entrepreneurship Fair on April 12 should email Professor David Moradian at moradiand@seminolestate.edu, or call him at 407.708.2729, no later than Monday, April 4.

For more information about Seminole Startup and the Entrepreneurship Fair, please visit www.seminolestate.edu/entrepreneurship/startup.

Seminole State’s Center for Business, Legal and Entrepreneurship, one of the largest business programs in Central Florida, offers more than 20 degrees, certificates and programs to help students prepare for the next step. For more information, please visit the center's website.

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