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Competition Rules

  1. The competition is open to teams of registered DIT postgraduate and undergraduate students. Each team should have at least two but no more than six students. The students can come from any discipline and any college and multi-disciplinary, cross-college teams are particularly welcome. In some cases research postgraduate students may be permitted to enter the competition with a ‘team’ of one'. Team membership cannot change throughout the course of the competition.
  2. Submitted plans must be the work of the team concerned and should include an innovative dimension.
    Teams are encouraged to seek assistance and advice from lecturers and experts in the relevant field(s).
  3. The cover page of the plan must include a statement asserting that the content is the work of the team.
  4. The plan must include some original market research.
  5. Any reference to special arrangements such as funding or other support from third parties must be amenable to validation.
  6. The length of completed business plans should be no more than 4,000 words or approximately 12 to 15 pages plus appendices.
    The latter would typically include copies of accounts, surveys and supporting documentation generally. This document (business plan plus appendices) remains the subject of the competition for adjudication purposes.
  7. Those teams short-listed for the semi-finals of the competition will be required to make a 10 minute presentation of their plan. This presentation may augment the formal document but must be based on the  submitted business plan. 
    It is compulsory for all semi-finals teams to prepare a poster to summarise their business plan using the 2018 Poster template and submit to
  8. If your team is selected to go forward to the final, you may make some minor changes to your business plan based on the advice and comments made by the judges.
    If you do make any amendments, you must send the updated business plan to

 Download the Business Plan Template for some guidelines and tips and Good Luck!