2014 Sustainable Business Plan Competition - Timeline

The 2014 competition will unfold over the timeline listed below

February 3, 2014

  • Business Plans are due to competition@williamjamesfoundation.org. They should be submitted as a single Adobe PDF file. 
  • This should be an operational business plan -- that is, a document that your internal team writes so everyone is clear about what your company does and how it does it. Imagine you hired a new senior staff person who was unfamiliar with your company and asked for a detailed report on what your company did. Write that report. Max. length 15 pages, expected length 8 - 12pages. 

February 17, 2014

  • The William James Foundation will send the plans to our team of mentors on or before this date.
  • These mentors will bring diverse perspectives (marketing, finance, operations, etc.) to providing constructive commentary on the business plans. 

March 24, 2014

  • Scorecards and commentary on the business plans are due back from the mentors.

March 31, 2014

  • The William James Foundation will invite teams to enter the next round of the competition.
  • Entrepreneurs will submit an updated version of their business plan with more detailed financials.
  • Entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to include a two page investor summary (Gust format), a investor-facing "Pitch Deck", and a short video (2 minutes max.) featuring one or more of your principals explaining how your company works. 

April 28, 2014

  • The second round materials are due to the William James Foundation. 

May 12, 2014

  • The William James Foundation will send the plans to our teams of mentors.

June 9, 2014

  • Scorecards and commentary are due back from our mentors to the William James Foundation.

June 16, 2014

  • The William James Foundation will invite top teams to our 2014 Annual Gathering. 

July 24-26, 2014

  • The William James Foundation Annual Gathering and Finalist Presentations are held in Washington, DC
  • More than $100,000 worth of prizes will be available to the top companies.