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. Event will be held Sept. 14- 16, 2020.
Venture Well’s E-Team program supports multidisciplinary student-led teams who are aiming to bring their innovation out of the lab and into the market. Up to 25k in non-dilutive E-Team grants is available for early-stage student science and tech startups who are on the path to launching innovations with a social, health, or environmental impact. Teams also gain sponsored entry into the Pioneer workshop, part of the Early-Stage Innovator Training Program, designed to build their confidence and entrepreneurial skills as they explore essential topics like customer discovery, intellectual property, and business model validation E-Team Program Officer David D’Angelo offers great tips to help teams submit a competitive proposal! October 7, 2020 deadline. Details on how to apply are here.
Wells Fargo Scholarship Opportunities – Wells Fargo is offering Scholarships to Bridge Financial Gaps Faced by Students Amidst COVID-19. This new initiative will provide 200 undergraduate students with $5,000 each. Scholarship applications will be accepted from Sept. 14 to Oct. 2, 2020. For information about eligibility visit wellsfargo.com/impactscholarship.
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.
New Venture Championship – https://www.futurefounders.com/u-pitch/ – date not announced, sign up for their mailing list
Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs – The 2020 Competition was cancelled but planning is underway for the 2021 competition. The Draper Competition is the only national competition specifically spotlighting, supporting and funding UNDERGRADUATE WOMEN founders! At the 2021 Draper Competition it is expected that over $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes and a $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. The Application Deadline is typically in February.
Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge – Undergraduate students in North America are encouraged to form teams and submit their Social Venture pitches for a chance at $250K in Cash Prizes. e-Fest is a 3-day event each April in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. All finalist teams plus an advisor will receive funds for travel & accommodations. View the 25 finalists videos here (including Rutgers own Nutrivide)
Rice Business Plan Competition – This is the World’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. The 2021 Competition will be announced early in the year. Registration will typically open in mid-May. 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.