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Apex Business Plan Competition

Apex 2020 competitors celebrating

Experience the Apex hybrid competition 

The 2021 Apex Hybrid Business Plan Competition will take place January 25 to 29, 2021 and will challenge participants to be innovative and creative as they develop, direct, organize and present a business plan to a panel of judges.

Why hybrid?

Despite restrictions and uncertainties imposed by COVID-19, we are committed to continue this momentum with the 2021 Apex Hybrid format, a blended online & in-person experience, that will be inclusive, engaging, and safe for students to compete and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Infographic on hybrid format advantages

What's new?

  • Format: Online & In-person.
  • Duration: 5-day event.
  • ParticipationStudents all over the world who can’t make to campus can participate remotely.
  • TravelNot required. Save your money and compete from home.
  • Pre-requisites: Post-secondary student or recent alumni with access to a laptop with webcam, internet connectivity, browser support for Microsoft Teams.
  • Industry Exposure: Webinars, Guest Speaker Sessions, Networking & Ice-breaker Activities.

Online elements

Registered teams gain full-access to the Microsoft Teams platform which will be used across the five-day event. This means teams, judges, and Apex coordinators will be able to participate in the following aspects of the competition remotely, including:

  • Practice Rounds
  • Eliminations
  • Elevator Pitches
  • Networking Activities

The hybrid experience extends beyond the competitive events, so that students will be engaged in webinars with the business community, ice-breaker social activities, and networking opportunities with sponsors.

Hybrid elements

The final day of the competition will take place at a venue on campus with necessary provision for social distancing*. The event will be live-streamed for remote teams to participate via Microsoft Teams. Participants, judges, guest speakers, and sponsors can participate in-person or virtually.

  1. Final Rounds
  2. Panel Session
  3. Gala Awards Dinner

*Subject to social-distancing regulations at the time.

This competition brings together entrepreneurial-minded students to celebrate talent, encourage entrepreneurship as a viable option for the future, prepare for the challenges of a volatile global marketplace and — most importantly — have fun. 

Cash prizes for the best business plans

Participants will develop, direct, organize and present a business plan to a panel of judges. These judges will select the most plausible and promising business plan in each track and award cash prizes to each successful team. 

Teams compete in a variety of events at either the undergrad or graduate levels in the fields of marketing, finance and entrepreneurship. The competition challenges participants to be innovative and creative.

Apex 2020 prizes on display. 

Information for competitors


Showcase your organization at the Apex Business Plan Competition

Receive promotional opportunities and benefits with event sponsorship

Highlights of 2019 competition