Building on our fifteen-year tradition of sponsoring a regional Business Plan Competition for college students and early-stage firms, tecBRIDGE is proud to announce a new High School Business Plan Competition for high school and home school teams located in Northeastern Pennsylvania.¹

The High School Business Plan Competition challenges high school and home school teams to create a STEAM² based business. Teams will conduct research in a number of key areas required to build a successful business and tell their business story through both a formal plan document and presentation.

A select group of entrepreneurs, business professionals, and college professors will evaluate submissions to identify teams that will move to a live presentation round where teams will present their business plan proposals and answer judges’ questions. Top teams will be expected to develop sustainable and scalable concepts while demonstrating creativity, critical thinking, and strong presentation skills.

Top teams from the live judging round will be invited to present to a Finals Judging Panel or the chance to win a $1,000 first prize award for their high school scholarship Fund³.

This year our host for the Live Presentation Sessions is Penn State University – Worthington Scranton.

Key Competition Dates

  • February 14th – Final day for team registrations.
  • March 9th – Team submissions due.
  • March 14th – Teams Invitations to the Live Judging Round announced.
  • March 24th (9am) – Live Presentations and selection of Teams for the Finalist Round.
  • March 24th (1pm) – Live Finals Presentations and Champion Announcement



¹High School and home school students in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Wayne and Wyoming County are eligible to participate. Students working with a tecBRIDGE Incubator Partner are also eligible to participate.

² STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math

³If a winning team consists of multiple schools, or home school participants, then scholarship award dollars will be prorated according to registered team members. Awards for homeschool winners will be invested in an agreed upon educational initiative for interested homeschool students.