What is Junior PioBiz? 

Junior PioBiz is a business idea competition for high school students that is sponsored by the Riverview Credit Union Mid-Ohio Valley Entrepreneurship Expo (MOVEE). The competition simply consists of identifying a problem that is worth solving and describing a new product or service that solves the problem. The proposed solution must potentially lead to the establishment of a for-profit or non-profit business organization. All business ideas must be appropriate for a college-sponsored competition. Marietta College may disqualify any entry that is inappropriate in its judgement. Proposals to buy franchises or distribution centers of existing companies are not accepted.

Who can compete?

High school students may compete alone or in up to 5-member teams. While there is no limit to the number teams a particular student may belong to, we are limiting the number of competing teams per school to six. We encourage schools to put in place their own procedures to determine the top six teams that will compete at the Junior PioBiz Competition.

What are the awards?

  • All participants will receive gift bags from Marietta College.
  • Each member of the teams representing the top five business ideas will receive a certificate of achievement.

  • The top five business ideas will be awarded $50 to $250. Note: Only the leaders of the winning teams will directly receive the award money.

  • Each member of the team representing the top business idea will receive a free Marietta College 3-credit hour course valued at $1,455.

When and how can we apply?

To express your intention to compete, a school representative (faculty, principle, etc.) must complete the “Intend to Compete” form on or before February 8, 2021. On this from, you do not have to outline the nature of your proposed projects. Rather, all we need is the estimated number of competing teams from each school. Click here to complete the form.

The application deadline is March 29, 2021. Click here to apply. Note that one application per competing team must be completed by a school representative. Besides the basic information about the school and the team members, the application form also includes questions on:

  • The project (product or service) name and description
  • The nature of the problem that the proposed product or service solves
  • The demographic characteristics of people with this problem
  • The way the problem is currently solved
  • The description of the way the proposed product or service solve the problem
  • The description of how this product solves the problem better than the alternative (existing) solutions.

The competition is scheduled to be delivered online via Zoom on April 8, 2021 starting at 4:30 p.m.

What is the format of the competition?

On the day of the competition, each team will have 3 minutes to make a presentation via Zoom, followed by a 3-minute Q&A segment with judges. We suggest that you organize your presentation as follows.

  1. Basic Information

    1. The name of the product or service
    2. Names and the graduating class of the team members
  2. Problem
    1. What is the problem?
    2. Who has this problem? Describe the demographic characteristics of people with this problem.
    3. How is the problem currently solved?
  3. Solution
    1. Describe your product or service.
    2. How does your product or service solve the problem?
    3. How is your solution better than the alternative (existing) solutions?

You may include a variety of visual aids such as slides, tables, graphs, charts, and pictures in your presentation.

How can we receive more support and assistance?

To prepare high school students and faculty for the competition and increase their probability of success, we encourage (but not require) them to participate in an online workshop entitled “Where do Worthy Entrepreneurial Ideas Come From?” on February 4, 2021 starting at 4:30 pm. In addition to inspiring students to develop their ideas further, this workshop also provides general guidelines on the competition and addresses questions and concerns. To participate in this workshop, Register here

You are also welcome to email Dr. Jacqueline Khorassani, Director of the Entrepreneurship Program at Marietta College at khorassj@marietta.edu or text her at 740.516.0374.

The following table highlights the important dates and activities.

Date & Time
Activity
February 4. 2021 Starting at 4:30 pm PioBiz Workshop (online) Register here
February 8, 2021  Intend to Compete Deadline Complete the form here
March 29, 2021 Application Deadline Apply here
April 8, 2021 Starting at 4:30 pm Competition Day (online)