In the post-COVID future, innovative solutions will be needed. Tell us yours --for a chance to win $1000s in cash prizes.

Aspiring students can vie for cash prizes in our shark-tank style Strategic Plan Competition, organized by the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business and the Innovation Center. You’ll get hands-on experience in problem solving, strategic thinking and presentation skills.

Finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges drawn from our faculty and industry leaders, competing to win $11,000 in cash prizes: $5,000 for first prize, $3,000 for second, $2,000 for third and a $1,000 award for the best 90-second elevator pitch.

2021 Finalists

  • Riva Iliazi: Impetus
  • Zameena Jivraj: Healthspace
  • Eric Meirs & Yuleidy Baez: EcoDines
  • Kira Millei: Second Skin
  • Yuanmeng Wang & Nadia Khan: Certificate Program on Tele-Mental Health Training
  • Danelya Zholdasbekova: Fast Eats

Step 1: Review the Guidelines

until December 3, 2020

Get detailed instructions on what should be included in your preliminary proposal summary.

Step 2: Submit a Preliminary Strategic Plan Proposal

by Friday, December 4, 2020

Preliminary proposals are due. All contestants must submit a preliminary Strategic Plan proposal to

Step 3: Advance to the Final Round Monday

by Monday, December 14, 2020

Names of those selected to advance will be announced. A panel of judges composed of faculty members, Adelphi staff and industry professionals will review the preliminary proposals for innovation and viability. They will narrow the field, inviting select participants to prepare full-fledged plans.

Step 4: Competition Day Tuesday

on April 27, 2021: Contestants present their full-fledged strategic plan, showcasing their proposed product or service or solution and deliver a 90-second elevator pitch to judges.

Competition Timeline

Friday, December 4, 2020
Preliminary proposals are due

Monday, December 14, 2020
Names of those selected to advance will be announced

Friday, April 16, 2021
Full-fledged Strategic plans are due

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Competition day; winners are announced and prizes are awarded

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