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FAU Business Plan Competition

Welcome!  The annual FAU Business Plan Competition is hosted by the College of Business, Adams Center for Entrepreneurship with support from local partners and sponsors. The competition encourages FAU students, faculty, staff and recent graduates to pitch their game-changing idea for a chance to fund their new ventures!

Along with prize money, teams compete for legal and business services, space at FAU’s Tech Runway and the opportunity to present their business plan to local angel, venture capital groups and more. Competitors have the opportunity to meet and network with successful entrepreneurs. Resources are provided to aid students in the creation and implementation of their businesses. Students will gain valuable skills and experiences to be successful.

The 2017 competition took place on April 21, 2017. The winners are below.


BPC Finalist PAPER 1st place PAPER - 1st Place & Best Interdisciplinary Team

Protection Against Physical Element Removal (PAPER) is a system designed to help prevent against the theft of physical classified documents. Governments and enterprise businesses are in need of PAPER as there is limited technology available in preventing the theft of physical classified documents. PAPER utilizes conductive nanoparticle ink to ‘tag’ documents, allowing for our system to detect if classified documents are being removed from the premises.

BPC Finalists Ripple 2nd place 2017

RIPPLE - 2nd Place

Ripple is a creative micro influencer agency that empowers local celebrities by offering them the ability to rent their social media real estate. Ripple was founded by two young entrepreneurs that believe that creativity, freedom, and technology will shape the future. Ripple is among the best micro-influencer marketing platforms and will be pioneering marketing for the next decade.

BPC Finalist Idle 2nd place golf cart 2017

IDLE - 3rd Place

Idle Automation provides self-driving shuttles for university campuses, retirement communities, resorts where short distance travel is cumbersome or inaccessible. We sell entire fleets of vehicles outfitted with various sensors, computing hardware, and our self-driving software. Users can request one of our shuttles through our mobile apps where all a user needs to do is select their destination and how many seats are needed. A vehicle is immediately dispatched and Idle takes care of the shuttle when the trip is completed. This is the simplest way to get you where you need to go.

BPC Fit Famililes People's Choice 2017 check

FIT FAMILIES OF SOUTH FLORIDA - People's Choice

The purpose of Fit Families of South Florida is to increase awareness and educate families that striking a balance between eating right and staying active is crucial for the health and overall success of their children.

BPC Finalist Sneaker iQ 2017

SNEAKER IQ - Finalist

With the sneaker resale market being valued conservatively at $2.1 billion and the sneaker eCommerce industry as a whole worth approximately 15 billion, Sneaker iQ is here to capitalize off it. Sneaker iQ is a multi-vendor e-commerce platform that facilities transactions between buyers and sellers, who are looking to purchase highly sought after, authentic sneakers that won’t be found sitting on shelves in Foot locker or Champs.

BPC Bacon Boxes Finalists Team Photo

BACON BOXES - Finalist

Founded in 2015, Bacon Boxes is the first company to gain Department of Agricultural licensing to produce bacon roses for sale nationwide. The bacon is hand crafted and sourced pasture raised from family owned farms that utilize a higher standard of animal and crop care. Since the initial launch Bacon Boxes has began a subscription service and expanded into confectionary products.


Prizes*: 1st $10,000 / 2nd $5,000 / 3rd $2,500

Best interdisciplinary team $1,000

People's Choice $1,000

*seed capital to fund your startup


Keynote Speaker: Scott Shane Scott Shane photo

"Secrets to Pitching Investors"

The speech will focus on obtaining funding for early stage startups and will discuss the best practices of pitching investors.

Link to Scott Shane's Biography 

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