Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup

Celebrating Arkansas’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs for 16 Years!

Welcome to the website for the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition!

Since 2001, the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), a 501(c)(3) affiliate of the Arkansas Capital Corporation Group, has challenged Arkansas’s college and university students to take a chance on bringing their business ideas and dreams to life by competing in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup.

Put your idea to the test! Is it needed in the marketplace? Is it new or innovative? Can it make money? If you are currently enrolled and working toward a degree or certificate from any two- or four-year Arkansas college or university, you can compete in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup! There is no cost to enter! You don’t have to be a business student – team members can be enrolled in any program of study. Teams can also represent more than one college or university and two- and four-year institutions may also join ranks to form teams.

The cash prize pool for this year is $154,000! Winners can spend prize money however they choose – there are no strings attached. The cash prizes are:

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Undergraduate and Graduate Division Winners:
First Place         $25,000
Advisor               $2,000
Second Place    $15,000
Advisor               $2,000
Third Place        $10,000
Advisor               $2,000

Arkansas Farm Bureau Agriculture Award Winners:
First Place            $5,000
Second Place       $3,000

Delta Plastics of the South Innovation Award Winners:
Graduate             $5,000
Undergraduate     $5,000

AT&T Elevator Pitch Award Winners
Graduate             $2,000
Undergraduate     $2,000

Additionally, $1,000 will be awarded to each of the 18 graduate and undergraduate teams selected as semi-finalists and finalists in the oral presentations round of the competition.

Teams that place first and second in the graduate and undergraduate divisions are automatically invited to compete with the same winners from Nevada and Oklahoma for another $118,000 in cash prizes at the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State championship May 25-26, 2016, at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas!

There is nothing to lose and much to gain by competing in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup. Once you’ve submitted your business plan in the competition, congratulations! You have finished a real-world, business planning experience that will serve you well into the future – whether you work for someone else or for yourself. Many competitors credit the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup with making them much more appreciative of the entrepreneurial process, and they have applied what they learned in their professional careers. All competitors have a unique advantage and opportunity in future job interviews by being able to talk up their Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup experience with potential employers.

Be part of the proud history of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup while giving yourself an incredible – and potentially profitable – learning experience!

Watch the 2015 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Awards Luncheon:

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