Business Plan Performance-Based Assessment


The High School Business Plan Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) is a joint program developed by the State of Hawaii Department of Education and the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business. It is designed to:

  • Promote entrepreneurship in Hawaii by supporting a high quality entrepreneurship curriculum and educational experience throughout Hawaii public schools.
  • Establish a mechanism to connect business community mentors to serve as a resource for high school teachers of Career and Technical Education.
  • Provide Hawaii’s secondary students with hands-on, professional experience through which classroom concepts and theories can be applied and tested.
  • Enhance general understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship to the State’s economy.
  • Eligibility: Students who have completed a core and cluster course and are currently enrolled in or have completed the Entrepreneurship course. Students who have not taken the requisite program of study courses must pass the business core online exam to be eligible to participate in the PBA.
  • CTE teachers may enter any number of teams. Priority participation will be given to students completing the Entrepreneurship program of study.
  • Team members must be enrolled in the CTE teacher's CTE course. A CTE course is one that has a "V" designation in the 2006 ACCN or a "T," excluding "TC," designation from the latest laser version of the ACCN.
  • Each team must have two to three members.
  • All team members must be present during the PBA. Disqualification will result if all members are not present by the start of the PBA.
  • All students must attend the final presentations. Attendance will be taken.
  • Each team must bring their own equipment and computers pre-loaded with the appropriate software. The organizers will not be responsible for compatibility and other technical issues.
  • All team members must be dressed in appropriate professional attire. See professional attire guidelines.

Teams of students will create and present a business plan for a NEW venture. (Franchise businesses are not allowed.) Prior to the PBA, teams will submit a comprehensive written plan that includes an executive summary; a market opportunity analysis; marketing, sales and distribution strategies; finance and management statements; and an exit strategy. Students will also take two 50-question exams, assessing proficiency of the Business Core and Entrepreneurship standards.

At the PBA, teams will seek an investment for their new venture from “investors.” Students will also have the opportunity for a comprehensive feedback session with one of the “investors.”

In the afternoon of the first day, finalists will be determined by combining the written plan score, oral presentation score and average team exam scores. On the second day, the finalists will present their business idea to a panel of final round judges, who will determine the winners of the event.


Download the Business Plan PBA Rules and Guidelines for complete procedures.

Important Dates

January 16, 2015
Project Proposals Due
February 19, 2015
Written Plan Drafts Due
February 24, 2015
Registration Forms Due
March 2–27, 2015
Online Examination Period
March 12, 2015
Final Written Plans Due
March 31, 2015
Prop Approval Forms Due
April 7–8, 2015
Performance-Based Assessment



Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Shidler College of Business
2404 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
[email protected]

Phone: (808) 956-5083
Fax: (808) 956-5107