The Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition will award prizes valued at more than $25,000 to the Skidmore students (or team of
students) who write the best business plans. The prizes are intended to act as a catalyst
to help students start a new business or to assist the development of their existing
The impetus for this competition comes from Kenneth A. Freirich, Skidmore Class of 1990, serial entrepreneur, and president of Health Monitor Network. Ken returned to Skidmore in October of 2010 as the College's first Entrepreneur in Residence where he issued an "Entrepreneurship/Creativity Challenge" to the student body. Inspired by the impressive talent, creativity, and effort that went into the student presentations, he decided to take things to the next level: launching a business plan competition to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity among Skidmore students. That competition is now in its fourth year.
Students will indicate their 'intent to compete' by Friday, October 25, 2013. The first set of business plans will be due upon return to campus in late January. These business plans will be presented during the spring semester to a panel of experts made up of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, accountants, lawyers, executives, and members of the Department of Management and Business. The judges will narrow the submissions to a list of finalists who will then spend another month honing their business plans. Final presentations of the revised business plans will occur before a panel of judges in April of 2014, and winners will be chosen at the culmination of those presentations.