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LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition: 2016- 2017

Gain access to IP analytic tools and a IP Strategy mentor for your business plan. No charge! All it costs is your time.

We invite all start-up companies and student teams from around the world to participate in this competition.

Registration for teams to secure a mentor and gain access to valuable IP intelligence tools (IP ToolBox) is open until Friday, December 16, 2016 and continues as long as resources are available.

How to get started:


  • Secure your spot! Don’t wait until your business plan is complete! Just answer the contact information section and enter a short abstract of your business plan to obtain a mentor and IP ToolBox.

  • To enter the LES Foundation International Business Plan Competition, click on the Log in/ Register button.

    • If you have already registered with iStart for another competition, log in using your e-mail address and password.

    • If you do not have an iStart account, click on the Create Account button on the login page and follow the instructions. Click here for a preview of the questions that need to be answered to complete your entry (Please note that you should answer “not applicable” to questions not relevant to you). Please make sure you read the Competition Guidelines before registering.

  • Once registered you will receive confirmation of your registration and be connected with an IP mentor who will help you throughout the process. You can update your input until the first round deadline, Feb 10, 2017.

  • Finalize your application by logging back in, completing your team application form, and uploading your business plan.


The benefits of this competition will help your team:

  • Win cash and in-kind prizes, including $10,000 for the Grand Prize and $5,000 for the LES International Global Award

  • The best post-doctoral scholar and MS/MBA/MD/JD/PhD student teams from around the world will receive special recognition globally

  • Learn the basics of intellectual property and licensing

  • Experience valuable mentorship, judging, and feedback from IP and licensing professionals

  • Learn how intellectual property strategy supports your business plan

  • Tap into valuable IP analytics tools (IP ToolBox)

  • Compete from ANYWHERE. Virtual rounds make this competition easy to participate in

  • Learn from IP business veterans who share business expertise earned from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, throughout the competition


Click on the “Learn more” button to access

  • The Judging Scorecard

  • Call for Entries flyer

  • IP ToolBox

  • Competition Guidelines

  • More information about the competition


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