UT Tyler EII Business Plan Competition

Start planning today for the upcoming East Texas Business Plan Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (EI2) and the Tyler Innovation Pipeline (TIP) and is open to all of East Texas.

East Texas Business Plan Competition Information Packet


Interested participants must email Dr. Kevin James by February 2, 2018 to declare intent to enter. Please include the following information:

Don't delay! Email your entry today!


To serve as the focal point of entrepreneurship education, research and outreach within the College of Business & Technology, across the university and the business community. Addressing all aspects of entrepreneurship, EI2 will have a special focus on women and minority entrepreneurs.

The institute supports all disciplines at UT Tyler as well as entrepreneurs and innovators outside the university by providing the business expertise necessary to bring product ideas and businesses to market and grow existing businesses.


February 2, 2018:Deadline to Submit Intent to Enter
March 2, 2018:Initial Entry for YouTube Submission
March 15, 2018:Judging of Elevator Pitch Complete
March 15 - April 15, 2018:  Plan Refinement and Mentoring Period    
April 16, 2018:Written Business Plans Due
April 28, 2018:East Texas Business Plan Competition


EI² will be a synergistic partner with the Center for Family and Small Enterprises (CFSE) at UT Tyler. CFSE supports family and small businesses by providing a forum for education, resources, advice and counsel, networking opportunities, and interactive programs.

EI² is a partner with the city of Tyler’s New Innovation Pipeline, a major initiative by the mayor.

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