beE is presented by the Invention to Innovation Center (I2C) and supported by the College of Business
at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
beE is open to all high school students in Alabama.
Let the creative minds prevail!
beE is an entrepreneurship competition for high school students. The mission of beE is to empower the next generation of high school entrepreneurs to ideate, collaborate and deliver new ideas.
Teams of talented students supported by brilliant teachers and tutored by professional UAH mentors will compete in a business idea challenge to win cash and prizes.
Date: Thurs, Dec 10th, 2020
Time: 9AM – 2PM CST
Application Deadline: Dec 7th, 2020
ENTER & WIN BIG FROM A $3,000 PRIZE POOL
New for the 2020 beE – We heard the calls, we got your requests and we set the ball in motion! Beginning 2020 beE is open state-wide to all high school students in Alabama. It's time to up your ante y'all!
Due to COVID-19 social distancing safety procedures, this year's beE will be conducted 100% online. So no more bus rides, crazy logistics and long waits! Simply apply, get shortlisted and participate in the online finale in the comfort of your classroom or home!
In 2019 we introduced our beE curriculum. This year we've made it better with refinements and tweaks to support teachers as they prepare their teams. The curriculum has been designed by Dr. Valentina Iscaro, who received her Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli (Italy). Dr. Iscaro has served as a Research Scholar at the Wharton School of Business’ Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center, and currently teaches at UAH and Alabama A&M.
In addition to the exciting changes mentioned above, we will continue to have mentorship over a period of a few weeks leading up to the final, and workshops at the final event for competing and non-competing students.
We need to know what your idea is all about hence you will need to apply using the "SUBMIT IDEA NOW" link below.
You're welcome to connect with us in case you have any questions about the submission process. Remember to submit your idea asap!
If you're having trouble submitting the form online please click here for an email version in "Microsoft Word" format.
The application deadline is Dec 7th, 2020.
Once you submit your application your team will have two (2) mentoring sessions with a beE assigned mentor. The goal of these sessions is to help your team with the ideation and pitch presentation. You learn, you adapt, you prepare, you present, you WIN!
Please ensure you contact us to schedule a mentoring session.
The Grand Finale event takes place online via Zoom on December 10th, 2020.
Your team will give a 7-minute presentation in PowerPoint / Keynote / Google Slides format to a panel of judges. Your presentation will be judged in two (2) rounds (semi-finals and finals) by a panel of judges who will ultimately decide the winning teams.
For semi-finals and finals presentation guidelines please review the beE Participant Guide.
All applicants will be notified of their semi-finals selection (yes or no) and next steps no later than Dec 8th, 2020.
ENTER AND QUALIFY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN CASH FROM A $3,000 PRIZE POOL!!
This section contains bunch of information related to beE. Please ensure you download and read the Participant Guide and date and sign the waivers. If in doubt communicate with us for answers. We want to ensure you succeed and put your best foot forward.
Go on beEntrepreneurial!
Key dates to remember:
Idea Application Deadline - December 7th, 2020 (Submit Your Idea Here)
Mentoring Sessions - Ongoing and to be conducted remotely until December 9th, 2020
Grand Finale - December 10th, 2020
1. What is beE [beEntrepreneurial]?
beE is a business idea competition for high school students.
2. Who can participate?
Only high school students can submit an idea and compete. Home-schooled high school students are eligible to apply as well.
3. Do I need to pay to participate?
The event is free.
4. What if I do not have a team?
If you do not have a team but want to compete, please contact the beE sponsor in your school. They will help you find a team. If you are home-schooled, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
5. Who is a beE school sponsor and how can I identify a sponsor for my school?
The beE school sponsor is a person (teacher or other school representative) who works closely with the beE staff and is you point of contact for inquiries related to the competition. Ask your teachers or write us to know who is the sponsor in your school. If home-schooled, your sponsor can be your parent, guardian or home-school teacher.
6. How do I prepare for the semi-finals and finals round? What are the deliverables?
We strongly encourge you to review the beE Participant's Guide for details on what judges will be looking for. For both rounds you will be required to prepare a PowerPoint / Keynote / Google Slides presentation. Your team will be given 7-minutes to present your idea. This will be followed by a 3-minutes Q/A session by the judges. A sample PowerPoint presentation is available here. You are free to modify this to suit your needs. Be creative. Be bold. Use graphics (if needed). Make your presentation stand out.
7. Will my team have the opportunity to work with a beE Mentor?
Yes absolutely! We encourage teams to contact us for mentoring. It's a great way to enagage with an expert who can help you fine-tune your pitch and answer questions as needed.
8. How do we get access to the beE curriculum?
Teachers can contact us for the beE curriculum. Upon request we will provide the content files via email.
9. Who will be there?
Students, judges, mentors and other invited guests.
10. Will the media be there?
We are working with media to cover the event. UAH and I2C will be publicizing beE through social media channels. Participants will be required to sign a media release form. These forms can be downloaded here.
11. What can I win?
Cash from a $3,000 prize pool.