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So . . . Where Are They Now?

When the dust settles after a business plan competition, what happens to the winners and losers?

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This story appears in the September 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

It goes on in Hollywood every day: Screenwriters track down every producer in town to pitch a story-the one they're sure will be the next Titanic. Replace producers with judges and screenwriters with aspiring entrepreneurs, and you have your typical business plan competition. These Jeff Bezos wanna-bes pitch their business ideas in hopes of winning the grand prize-usually a cash infusion for the business and extras like free incubator space and serious VC exposure.

The winners of such contests are admired and praised, lauded and worshipped (OK, maybe not worshipped). What happens, however, when the accolades stop and the real contest of survival begins?

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