Mississippi Public Universities

Official Rules

  • A team must have a minimum of 3 students.
  • A team may have a maximum of 6 students.
  • A team must have at least one faculty advisor. Faculty advisors may advise more than one team.
  • The team should select a captain and co-captain, both of whom are students.
  • Alumni and business leaders may serve in an advisory capacity.
  • All ventures must address obesity and related health issues.
  • Written business plan submissions are limited to five pages, not including cover page or executive summary, and should be formatted with one-inch margins, single-spaced, and use Times New Roman, 12 point type.
  • Written business plans must not identify the university.
  • References in written business plans should follow APA Style, as detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. More information on APA Style is available online and on Twitter @APA_Style.
  • Judges will review and submit scores for the written plan prior to the state competition.
  • Presentations are limited to 8 minutes, with 2 additional minutes for Q & A from the judges.
  • Presentations may include slides and/or video.
  • The state competition will be held on February 10, 2016 in the IHL Board Room in Jackson. The awards presentation will be made at the State Capitol.
  • One team from each university, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi State University Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine and Alcorn State University School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences will compete in the State Competition.
  • One member from each team will be selected by the team to give an Elevator Pitch at the luncheon. The Elevator Pitch will be videotaped and uploaded for the judges to view.
  • The judges will select first, second and third place winners. They will also select a winner of the Elevator Pitch competition. The scores for the Elevator Pitch will not count toward the overall team score.
  • Appropriate attire for a professional situation is required.
  • On-Campus Challenges, if held, will follow the same rules, guidelines and scoring rubric that is used in the state competition.