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2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup

2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup

Welcome to the 2014 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup collegiate business plan competition!

Please read the information at the following links for more on the 2014 competition:  Team Registration on iStart, Rules / Eligibility, and Guidelines for the 2014 Arkansas competition.

About the Governor’s Cup

In 2001, with a vision for promoting entrepreneurship, Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG) established a statewide collegiate business plan competition. The competition was first-class and sent a message to students that the resources to succeed in business can be found in Arkansas.

In 2004, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation made a major grant to the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF) to continue the competition in Arkansas, as well as expand the event to both Nevada and Oklahoma. With the Foundation’s grant, each statewide competition was named after the late media entrepreneur Mr. Donald W. Reynolds. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

With one of the largest cash prize pools in America, the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup business plan competition encourages students attending any Arkansas two- or four-year college or university to act on their ideas and talents by entering the competition and have a head start in producing tomorrow’s businesses. Since the competition was started in 2001, more than 2,000 students representing 24 Arkansas colleges and universities have participated. The students and their faculty advisors have received more than $2,000,000 in prize money.

Today, each state’s competition is named in honor of the late media entrepreneur.  Winners from the three states competitions travel to Las Vegas to compete in the Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Business Plan Competition.  The 2014 Tri-State Competition will be May 22-23 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

Good luck!

About the Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation

The Arkansas Economic Acceleration Foundation (AEAF), a project of The Arkansas Capital Corporation Group (ACCG), was established in 1999, and is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to education-based initiatives that promote and foster the development of innovation and entrepreneurship within Arkansas. With broad support from the state’s business community, AEAF’s purpose is to nurture people and ideas to generate future Arkansas entrepreneurs. 

AEAF established and now manages the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup, a collegiate business plan competition, as well as business plan competitions for grades 5-8 via the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase (Y.E.S.) for Arkansas and grades 9-12 through the Youth Entrepreneur Showcase 2.0 (Y.E.S. 2.0) for Arkansas.

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