Business Plan Competition Resources
Sample Business Plans
Useful, Inspiring Websites
Magazine that has many articles for inspiration.
Magazine with info for start up or growth firm.
This popular magazine inspires every time!
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Search this site for research-based technological developments. You can license these technologies to start businesses or non-profits.
A quirky reporting of innovative ideas from around the world. You have to pay to access the database, but sign up for their weekly newsletter to get a constant source of inspiration.
This site focuses on trends--always good to know about when thinking of new ideas.
UW Center for Commercialization
Search this site for technological developments by UW researchers. You can license these technologies to start businesses or non-profits.
This used to be a tech magazine. Now it's an all-around inspiring entrepreneurial magazine.
WSU Office of Commercialization
Search this site for technological developments by WSU researchers. You can license these technologies to start businesses or non-profits.
Business Plan Websites
Overview & General Info
Business Model Canvas
Although the canvas alone may not be as helpful as the entire book is, the canvas can be a good way to think through your business model in.
Entrepreneur Business Plans
Entrepreneur magazine's guidelines about writing business plans.
INC. Business Plans, Financials, & Executive Summaries
Inc magazine always has interesting articles in the Business Plan section (found under the Stat Up tab).
This post by Bruna Martinuzzi is appealing because she uses two well-admired authors in the title, "From Seth Godin to Guy Kawasaki: Tips for Mining Your Hidden Talents." A get-going article.
Template Business Plans
This organization has business plan templates you can download. We're not big fans of this approach, but it may be helpful if you're having trouble getting started. There is some good information on what goes into a business plan on this site.
Forbes & Kauffman Foundation
A fairly straight-forward article on what a business concept really is.
Garage Technology Ventures Executive Summary & Pitching
Garage Technology Ventures lays out some do's and don'ts about the executive summary.
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University's business plan competition's resource page has a particularly good section on the financial plan.