Competitions

Index to Competitions Outside WFU

Please follow the links below to find information about business plan competitions happening at other institutions:

 

PTP Next Business Competition

 May 5-9, 2014 in the Piedmont Triad area

The PTP Next Business Competition is a Triad-wide entrepreneurial
funding competition launched in 2011. Since entrepreneurship is the key to regional vitality, winners will receive grants, support and networking opportunities. Deadline for applications is March 2, 2014. Learn More


ACC Clean Energy Challenge

March 25-26, 2014 at University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

The ACC Clean Energy Challenge, supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), invites business plans with commercialization potential in the clean energy sphere to compete for a $100,000 prize. Suggested projects include ventures related to renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced fuels. The winner of the competition will be invited to compete in the DOE National Clean Energy finals in Washington, D.C. this summer. Applications for 2014 are closed, but stay posted for 2015 deadlines. Learn more _________________________________________________________

Global Social Entrepreneurship Challenge 

February 24 – February 28
February 24 – February 28
February 24 – February 28

February 24-28, 2014 at University of Washington in Seattle

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) is an international social venture plan competition, where interdisciplinary student teams from around the world propose creative, commercially viable businesses aimed at reducing poverty in the developing world.

From solar-powered modular power generators in Papua New Guinea and prickless anemia scanners in India, to mobile wind turbines in Kazakhstan and sustainable agriculture in Zimbabwe, GSEC business plans demonstrate the power of business to create sustainable, positive change to some of the world’s most challenging social problems.

While registration for GSEC 2014 is closed, stay tuned for 2015 application dates.  Read more.

Applications open: August 2013. Stay connected with updates on Facebook.
Application deadline: November 12, 2013.
Application Review & Semi-finalist selection/invitation: November-December, 2013

  • Semi-finalist Dates:
    December 2013 – February 24, 2014
    : Semi-finalist Teams paired and work with mentors
  • January, 2014: Semi-finalist team documents due (draft business plan, final one page executive summary)
  • February, 2014: Semi-finalist team  final materials due (full business plan, one overview PPT slide)
  • GSEC Week 2014: February 24 – February 28:  All semi-finalist teams travel to Seattle for a week of competition events, including coaching, semi-finals, finals, a celebration dinner, and more events to network and interact with members of the University's and Seattle's vibrant community.
- See more at: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/gbc/globalsocialentrepreneurshipcompetition/Pages/schedule.aspx#sthash.0Gwx1K8a.dpuf

Applications open: August 2013. Stay connected with updates on Facebook.
Application deadline: November 12, 2013.
Application Review & Semi-finalist selection/invitation: November-December, 2013

  • Semi-finalist Dates:
    December 2013 – February 24, 2014
    : Semi-finalist Teams paired and work with mentors
  • January, 2014: Semi-finalist team documents due (draft business plan, final one page executive summary)
  • February, 2014: Semi-finalist team  final materials due (full business plan, one overview PPT slide)
  • GSEC Week 2014: February 24 – February 28:  All semi-finalist teams travel to Seattle for a week of competition events, including coaching, semi-finals, finals, a celebration dinner, and more events to network and interact with members of the University's and Seattle's vibrant community.
- See more at: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/gbc/globalsocialentrepreneurshipcompetition/Pages/schedule.aspx#sthash.0Gwx1K8a.dpu

Applications open: August 2013. Stay connected with updates on Facebook.
Application deadline: November 12, 2013.
Application Review & Semi-finalist selection/invitation: November-December, 2013

  • Semi-finalist Dates:
    December 2013 – February 24, 2014
    : Semi-finalist Teams paired and work with mentors
  • January, 2014: Semi-finalist team documents due (draft business plan, final one page executive summary)
  • February, 2014: Semi-finalist team  final materials due (full business plan, one overview PPT slide)
  • GSEC Week 2014: February 24 – February 28:  All semi-finalist teams travel to Seattle for a week of competition events, including coaching, semi-finals, finals, a celebration dinner, and more events to network and interact with members of the University's and Seattle's vibrant community.
- See more at: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/gbc/globalsocialentrepreneurshipcompetition/Pages/schedule.aspx#sthash.0Gwx1K8a.dpu

Carolinas PDMA Student Product Innovation Competition

Students at colleges in North and South Carolina are eligible to submit a design for a new product or service of their own creation to the Carolinas Student Product Design Competiton 2014.  Submissions are judged based on originality, feasibility and market potential of the product or service concept.  Submissions may come from individuals or teams who developed the product during fall 2013 or spring 2014. There is a $300 to $500 award for winning projects. The deadline for intent to submit is February 21, 2014. Contact Doug Powell at doug@blueearthnetwork.com. Learn more


UNL Global New Venture Competition 

March 18, 2014 at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.

UNL's Global New Venture Competition is one of the longest running business plan competitions in the world. The competition gives students the opportunity to pitch a venture plan and receive feedback and funding. Winners will automatically be entered in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition sponsored by the University of Texas at Ausin. The deadline to compete is February 28, 2014. Learn More


Values and Ventures Competition

  April 11-12, 2014 at  TCU in Fort Worth, Texas 

Each spring, TCU's Neeley Entrepreneurship Center invites undergraduate student teams from universities around to world to participate in a unique competition for values-based business plans.

The Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition encourages undergraduate student entrepreneurs to recognize and live their own values when creating their enterprises, to champion their desire to do good while doing well. A values-centered enterprise assures sustainable prosperity while supporting the needs of company owners/shareholders, employees and their families, suppliers, customers, communities and the environment. The deadline for submissions is March 28, 2014.  Read more.


VT Global Partnership Week

  August 17-23, 2014 in Blacksburg, Va.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Student Business Concept Challenge celebrates the energy and ingenuity of university students and their important contributions to the global economy. Elite student teams from all over the world compete for the $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.  The contest finals are part of a week-long conference where students are housed with local families, interact with successful technology companies and meet fellow student entrepreneurs. Read more.


Women Entrepreneurs Festival

January 2015

The Women Entrepreneurs Festival is organized and hosted by NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The event is an extraordinary gathering of female entrepreneurs and investors eager to share their knowledge and experiences wtih other women in the startup community. Check out a video of highlights from this year's festival. Learn more.


Black Male Achievement Fellowship

Deadline:  January 2015

Could you use $70,000 to launch your innovative idea to change the lives of black men and boys? 

Echoing Green launched the Open Society Fellowship for Black Male Achievement in 2011 to address the issue of black male achievement. Up to eight promising social entrepreneurs with bold ideas will receive $70,000 in seed funding and strategic support from a community of alumni that includes the founders of Teach For America and City Year. Applications are closed for 2014, but stay updated for 2015 deadlines. Learn more.


Echoing Green Fellowship

Deadline:  January 2015

Could you use up to $90,000 to launch your innovative idea to change the world? 

Echoing Green unleashes next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Each year since 1991, the Echoing Green Fellowship selects promising social entrepreneurs with bold ideas and provides them with up to $90,000 in seed funding and strategic support. The fellowship's alumni include the founders of Teach For America, City Year and SKS Microfinance, among other organizations. Applications are closed for 2014, but stay updated for 2015 application deadlines.  Learn more.