SEP Thrive!



This invitation-only state competition brings together the top 20 student business “pitch” presentations from all SEP Strive qualifier challenges.

Download and review the SEP judging Rubric below…

Presenting a Business Plan?

  • There is no required Business Plan template or format for the competition.
  • Recommended components, however, include:
    • Cover Sheet
    • Table of Contents
    • Executive Summary
    • Business Description
    • Marketing Plan (e.g., market research, product/service benefits, description and number of customers, evaluation of competition, advertising strategy)
    • Operational Plan (e.g., location requirements, legal considerations such as licenses/permits/insurance, personnel requirements, potential suppliers)
    • Management Plan (e.g., job titles, position descriptions)
    • Financial Plan (e.g., projected cash flow, startup cost, exit strategy)
    • Appendix (e.g., relevant articles, pictures, floor plans, menus.)
    • Résumé(s)
  • For assistance with layout or content questions, consult the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) or SCORE websites. Additionally, industry-specific templates and examples may be found online through sites like