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Must certify that the idea presented belongs to you or a member of your team


Prepare a well-developed business plan totaling no more than 10 pages, with limited attachments such as financials (using the provided template) and key supporting documents.


Complete the online application form and submit with attached business plan, financials and supportive documents.

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Note:  Former unsuccessful applicants may only apply in the competition (business or student) with the same idea twice.  Former successful applicants may not reapply with the same idea.

Review what to include in your business plan

View sample business plans

The link below directs you to online business plan samples but we strongly encourage you to contact one of the many excellent South Dakota agencies that exist to assist startups! Access the Business Assistance Directory


The most successful competitors seek assistance with developing their business plan and application. Find an organization near you. Services are provided free of charge.

Excel Financial Template

A financial template is available for your use. You may use this or another suitable template that provides comparable information. You are required to submit at least basic, multi-year profit and loss and balance sheet projections for your company. If using the provided template, you may complete only the information that applies to your business model, skipping or entering lines as needed.

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