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About Idea State U

Idea State U is Kentucky’s statewide business plan competition, designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by rewarding student teams from the Commonwealth’s colleges and universities.

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Idea State U presentation

Important Dates

  • All teams' intent to compete must be submitted by February 17th, 2017.

  • All teams' entries are due. See the rules & guidelines below for specific requirements for each track.

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  • Regional Competitions

    • March 27 - Owensboro
    • March 29 - Columbia
    • March 31 - Prestonsburg
  • Pivot week is April 3rd - 10th for plan and presentation revisions, based on judges’ feedback

  • Final entries are due April 10th at 5:00pm ET.

  • The final competition is Saturday, April 22, 2017

How To

Whether you are an interested student or a faculty advisor needing more information on how to get started, we have the answers you need.

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Past Winners


Students at any college or university in Kentucky are eligible to participate. Listed are those institutions of higher learning that have participated in the past.

  • Asbury University
  • Ashland Community & Technical College
  • Berea College
  • Big Sandy Community & Technical College
  • Brescia University
  • Centre College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Gateway Community & Technical College
  • Georgetown College
  • Hopkinsville Community College
  • Jefferson Community & Technical College
  • Kentucky State University
  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Madisonville Community College
  • Morehead State University
  • Murray State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Owensboro Community & Technical College
  • Sullivan University Lexington
  • Sullivan University Louisville
  • Union College
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Louisville College of Business
  • University of Louisville Speed School
  • University of Pikeville
  • Western Kentucky University


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