2017 Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

Throughout the competition, participating teams work closely with seasoned professionals to discover concepts that take many years of experience to learn. For more than a month, LES members mentored eight finalist teams from Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and the United States on the intellectual property strategy aspects of their plans in preparation for the final round of the Competition, which was hosted at Baker Hostetler offices, Washington, DC in conjunction with the Licensing Executives Society Spring Meeting. The eight competitors presented business plans and videos in live virtual sessions and responded to questions from a panel of 12 on-site and at-large global experts, representing more than 200 collective years of business and IP strategy experience. The first round of the Competition took place over three months, during which time the teams had access to IP strategy mentors from LES and IP analysis tools.

The LES Foundation also expresses gratitude to the in-kind contributions of the IP Toolkit sponsors.

$10,000 Grand Prize Winner

$5,000 Global Grand Prize Winner

$2,000 Best Student Team Prize

$2,000 LES Members’ Choice Award

The LES Foundation International Business Plan competition, directed and developed by Dr. Annemarie Meike, is now in its 13th year. It is designed to partner start-up companies, which have received less than $200,000 of equity investment funding, with senior leaders in the licensing and intellectual property (IP) community to provide mentorship and education about business basics and best practices in IP and licensing transactions. Plans submitted to the competition must include a core intellectual property component and strategies describing how the intellectual property will be used to achieve overall business plan objectives. 

The 2017-2018 competition will be announced in early Fall.

Press Release

View all of the 2017 finalists!