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They called back laughing and the invitation disappeared. At best I think business plan competitions are a waste of time. Business Plan Versus Business Models Where did the idea that startups write business plans come from?
A business plan is the execution document that large companies write when planning product-line extensions where customer, market and product features are known. Without much thought it has been used ever since. A startup is not executing a series of knowns.
Most startups are facing unknown customer needs, an unknown product feature set and is an organization formed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. Instead of business plans I have suggested that startups use business models. Business models are dynamic and reflect the iterative reality that startups face.
Business models allow agile and opportunistic founders to keep score of the Pivots in their search for a repeatable business model.
Business plan competitions perpetuate everything that is wrong about trying to make plans that were designed to be used in large companies fit startups. One of my favorites: Market opportunity, reward to risk, strategy, implementation plan, financing plan, etc. Yet an ever increasing number of schools keep holding Business Plan competitions.
Business plans are easy to grade, score and judge. Schools can get Venture Firms to fund prizes for the best business plan. Venture Firms use the contests as another source of deal flow and talent. There is no alternative.
The irony is that business plan competitions ought to be held for plans from large companies not for startups. The Business Model competition measures how well students learn how to Pivot by getting outside the building not by writing a plan inside one.
Each team would be judged by their business model presentation on these five steps. What did you initially think your initial business model was? What did you learn outside the building?
Repeat steps The business model would be scored and judged based on steps 3 and 4. And extra credit for multiple times through the loop. They were also at the heart of the Startup Lessons Learned conference.The Telegraph's Competition channel features the latest prize draws.
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