Another business school joins the business plan contest bandwagon. IIM Ahmedabad is inviting entries for its first B-Plan Showcase, which is part of its maiden Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference scheduled for February 6th and 7th on-campus at the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE). A three-step evaluation process will shortlist ten business plans, which will be showcased to investors, industry experts and academicians at a closed-door session at the conference in February. There is no cash prize – the showcase is the prize. January 10th is the deadline for Stage 1, which involves the submission of ‘executive summaries’. I’m not sure since when IIM-A has been promoting the showcase, but given the detailed format required for these executive summaries – see Rules – the deadline is too short. But, give it a good shot. An IIM or IIT business plan contest, anywhere, is always value for money because of the alumni network. Watch this space for more in the countdown to the showcase.