Choices, Chances, Changes.
It’s rare that something stays consistent for a while, because in order to improve something you MUST change it for the better. The 2015-2016 school year will bring forth some changes to the world of competitive events that I recommend you take note of prior to starting your projects this summer (if that’s your plan).
The most immediate change, and my personal favorite, is the fact that the Executive Summary for SOME written events can now range from 1-3 pages in length; instead of the previously mandatory 1 page. This will allow competitors to explain and summarize their projects for the judges in a more comprehensive way, rather than having to explain all the hard work that went into the project into just a few paragraphs.
Another major change is that now instead of your presentation score being based off of your responses to the judge’s questions, they will now be based off of performance indicators (similar to a role play scenario). Also ALL presentation times are now 15 minutes in total. There is no longer a set of time set aside for judges questions. They may ask questions during your presentation.
Here is a presentation of the competitive event updates: EPIC COMPETITIONS
Many written events have also gone through MANY changes:
· Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan will now be known as Innovation Plan
· Entrepreneurship Participation-Creating an Independent Business will now be known as Start Up Business Plan
· Entrepreneurship Written Event will now be known as Independent Business Plan
· Entrepreneurship Growing your own Business will now be known as Business Growth Plan
· Entrepreneurship Participating-Creating a Franchise will now be known as Franchise Business Plan
I highly advise, before basing your manuals off of outdated examples, that you take a look at your project’s guidelines and note any changes in order to minimize the deduction of points as well as to ensure an accurate and successful project! For more information, don’t forget to check out the link below!
DECA Entrepreneurship Events and Lean Startup Methodology Handout
Two new competitions coming for 2016-2017! Entrepreneurship Individual Series and Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making