Go Global with Smith!
China Business Plan Competition
One-credit fall term BUSI788K & Two-credit winter term
Experience China, one of the world's fastest growing economies with fellow
students, Smith School faculty and Dingman Center Entrepreneurs-in-Residence,
and compete for $10,000 in cash prizes at the 8th Annual China Business Plan
Competition. The one-credit fall course is about writing and presenting new
venture business plans relevant to the Chinese market. It involves pitching your
team’s business plan in the US (December) and in Beijing, China (January).
Business ideas must either take place in China or leverage Chinese resources.
The course is required for participation in the China Business Plan Competition
which offers up to $10,000 in cash prizes.
Business Plan Competition
“The Dingman Center organized an amazing trip for MBA
students to learn about the depth, scope, and scale of China's economic
development. The Center leveraged its incredible network/connections and
arranged meetings with entrepreneurs, organized trips to explore China's history
and witness the country's strengths and weaknesses.” -
Pradeep Suthram, MBA ’12
“We were able to grasp what it’s like to do business
in China. The competition was a great opportunity to create a business idea and
share it with experienced entrepreneurs and investors for feedback. We got to
practice our pitches in a competition setting and even win some money! It was
great seeing the ideas coming from the Chinese students and being able to
establish good contacts and friendships with students from Beida and UIBE in
Beijing.” - Julie Mullins, MBA ’12
Please do not purchase airfare until class is confirmed, August 31, 2012.
Students are advised by UMD Education Abroad to purchase refundable airline
tickets, and we recommend STA Travel.
The UMD drop schedule and refund schedule apply for the one-credit BUSI788
course. There is an additional $500 penalty if you drop the course after the
course is confirmed, August 31, 2012.
A visa is required for US citizens, and costs around US$130. Students of
other nationalities should check the consular office for visa information and
requirements. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date,
and you should have 2 blank visa pages available. We will send the letter of
invitation you need after the course is confirmed.
The time abroad IS the class and any instances of: being late and therefore
delaying the group, noise in hotel hallways, damage to hotel rooms, hung-over
behavior, sleeping during meetings or public displays of affection will be
frowned upon as it would for any business traveler on meetings or conferences
abroad. You are expected to incorporate professionalism while abroad, and
professionalism is part of your total grade. It is our intent to develop world
citizens and savvy business travelers, and the courses abroad should be
undertaken as serious academic endeavors.