Essex County College is pleased to announce the Allen J. Singleton Business Plan Competition. If you have a goal of becoming a successful entrepreneur, we invite you to compete in the 4th Annual Essex County College Business Plan Competition. The competition is open to students wishing to launch a new business venture, as well as those already in the business world. Students will have three opportunities to win prizes by coming up with the most compelling business ventures.

2016 – 2017 Winners:

FIRST PLACE: Victor Olaniyi, $1000 Prize

SECOND PLACE: Dazhai Brown, $750 Prize

THIRD PLACE: Peta-Gay Harper, $500 Prize

More Information on Our Past Winners »

To enter the 2018-2019 Business Plan Competition, please follow the instructions as outlined in Phase 1 below.

Phase 1 – Application Submission

Applications are available online this Fall 2018 Semester

The Business Plan Competition is open to all Essex County College Students. There are no fees for entering into the Competition. You may participate in the Competition as an individual student or as a team member of not more than three persons. Only one application is permitted per student or team. Follow the steps as outlined to submit your application on or before the deadline.

  1. Review the competition rules below.
  2. Complete the Application for Submission.
  3. Make sure you complete all required information, including your Business Concept of not more than 250 words or less than 200 words.

All Competition Applications will be reviewed by the Essex County College Business Plan Committee. All approved applicants will be notified directly. If your application is approved, you will receive an email stating that you are eligible to move on to Phase 2 of the competition. Note that the Committee is interested in applications that describe innovative business ideas, products or services, that have the potential for becoming a viable and growing enterprise. All applications will be equally considered for approval. Applications will not be returned to the originator.

Phase 2 – Workshop Preparation and Schedule

If your application is approved, you will receive an email notification stating you have been considered eligible to move onto Phase 2 of the competition. The top 10 (Phase 2) recipients will be offered the opportunity to attend (3) workshop options to assist them with preparation of the completion of the Business Plan.

Workshop Schedule


Phase 3 – Business Plan Final Submission

Submit your Final Business Plan, including all attachments in PDF format online on or before the deadline.