We encourage our student innovators to enter competitions often. Each submission allows you to fine tune your business pitch and win financial prizes. Please note the following competitions:
UPitchNJ – May 1, 2020 (2:00 PM – 4:30: PM) Nokia Bell Labs will be live streaming as the six finalists pitch their way to the championship – Rutgers Team Knowt, won the preliminary pitch event in February; see details on our Upitch page.
TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition – Applications: will begin being accepted in October 2020 . This competition is limited to undergraduate college students; team must have at least 2 members. Ventures submitted must be for-profit, values-centered enterprises. Nonprofit ventures are not allowed. Plans must demonstrate a societal or environmental need to be filled, as well as the profitability of the business. Teams must have a faculty/staff sponsor who will authenticate that the business plan was prepared under faculty supervision or as part of regular university coursework. $100k grand prize. The event will be held April 16 – 17, 2021.
Each spring, Rutgers Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network (BEN) hosts an annual Healthcare Innovation Student Pitch competition – the competition is part of The Healthcare Innovation Summit held at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Atrium, New Brunswick, NJ During the event finalists pitch their ideas to a panel of investors. 1st place winners receive $3000; 2nd place winners will get $2000. The event also includes a panel of industry leaders discussing the evolving state of healthcare and a chance to hone your negotiation skills.
FoodTech Challenge – A global business case competition, inviting applications for technologically-driven, sustainable, and viable solutions to advance food security in the UAE. The competition, launched by Tamkeen LLC in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Food Security, is open to anyone, but they are particularly interested in applications from start-ups and students with an interest in food and agriculture technologies. Awarding a total of USD $1M in prize money for four winning teams, including access to seed funding and investors in the UAE.
Rice Business Plan Competition – World’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. The 2020 Competition has been rescheduled for June 18 – 20. Registration will be re-opened for attendees in mid-May. Mark your calendar and add RBPC@rice.edu to your contacts for news, updates, and reminders. The Rice Business Plan Competition takes place in Houston, Texas. $1.5 million in cash and prizes.
New Venture Championship – Intent to compete/qualifying summary deadline was February 12, 2020. Six-round business competition that inspires young entrepreneurs to develop their business dreams into a reality. Teams of graduate and undergraduate students from around the world come to Portland, Oregon every year to pitch their business plans and compete for $50,000 in total cash awards. Aside from monetary prizes, students have a unique opportunity to get feedback from judges to create a successful venture and capture the attention of angel investors.
Draper Competition – Application Deadline is February each year. The Draper Competition is the only national competition specifically spotlighting, supporting and funding UNDERGRADUATE WOMEN founders! At the 2020 Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs, over $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. $25,000 Grand Prize will be distributed among the 75 teams invited to Smith College each April. Teams must indicate for which track they are applying: product, service, social impact, web/mobile app or general.
Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge –March 8 Deadline – Undergraduate students in North America are encouraged to form teams and submit their venture pitches for a chance at $250K in Cash Prizes. e-Fest is a 3-day event each April held in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. All finalist teams plus an advisor will receive funds for travel & accommodations. Submit your pitch here