At least ONE team member must be a current undergraduate or graduate student, alumni,
a faculty member, or a staff member of San Jose State University.
The team member/s with SJSU connection must play an integral role within the team
and have a material (significant) impact on the writing of the business plan.
The business plan submitted by a team must have been written by that team; plans written
by anyone else on behalf of a team are not eligible to compete in the SVBPC.
Any size teams are eligible, but no explicit consideration in the judging will be
given to team size or composition.
Participants are eligible to join more than one team.
Teams that have received financing from outside non-venture capital sources, totaling less than $100,000 may compete. The amount
and source of secured outside and inside capital arrangements should be clearly identified in the team's documents
The eligibility of any unclear situations presented by submitted business plans will
be determined by the SVBPC organizing committee.
Ineligibility to enter/exclusion from the SVBPC
Teams that only use the name(s), and not the effort, of the person(s) connected with
SJSU will be excluded from the SVBPC.
Plans written by professional organizations, consultants, or anyone else on behalf
of a team are not eligible to compete in the SVBPC.
Business plans that have won other business plan competitions, including prior year SVBPCs are not
eligible to participate in the SVBPC.
Any team that receives financing from outside non-venture capital sources totaling more than $100,000 at any time during the competition
will be disqualified.
Existing companies with cumulative revenues exceeding $100,000 and with funding exceeding
$100,000 are not eligible to compete.