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
The PTP Next Business Competition is a Triad-wide entrepreneurial
funding competition launched in 2011 because entrepreneurs, innovation and regional collaboration are the key to our region’s future vitality. Learn More
ACC Clean Energy Challenge
Initial entries are due March 1, 2013. The ACC Clean Energy Challenge, supported by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), invites business plans with commercialization potential in the clean energy space, including projects related to renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements and advanced fuels/vehicles. The winner of the competition will receive a $100,000 prize and compete in the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Finals in Washington, DC in summer 2012. Learn more
3rd Annual CEO Startup Simulation Challenge
February 4, 2013
Sponsored by The Coleman Foundation and The John E. and Jeanne T. Hughes Foundation The CEO Elevator Pitch Competition presents students with a great opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and a chance to win cash prizes. Elevator pitch is a frequently used term, which literally means "tell me about your business within the time that it would take to ride up an elevator." Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the business arena. A well-planned elevator pitch can open the doors to success in your future endeavors. Please note that ideas may be at any stage of development from creation of concepts or ideas to an established business. Read more.
Global Social Entrepreneurship Challenge
February 27 – March 2, 2012 at U Wa, Seattle, WA
The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) is a leading-edge 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. Watch the GSEC video to get inspired.
From solar-powered modular power generators in Papua New Guinea, to prickless anemia scanners in India, to mobile wind turbines in Kazakhstan, to 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. Read more.
GSEC 2012 SCHEDULE
November 9, 2011: GSEC Applications due (8 am GMT Pacific Time)
Accepting applications starting July 25, 2011
November 9 – Dec 5, 2011: Application Review
December 2011: GSEC Week teams selected, paired with mentors
January 19, 2012: GSEC full business plan, one page summary drafts due
February 16, 2012: GSEC final business plan, one page summary, one PowerPoint slide due
GSEC Week: February 27 – March 2, 2012
Detailed schedule forthcoming
Feb 27 – 29, 2012: GSEC company visits, Coaching Rounds, Trade Show
March 1, 2012: GSEC Competition Rounds & Awards Banquet
March 2, 2012: GSEC Breakfast for finalist teams
Carolinas PDMA Student Design Competition 2012
Deadline for Intent to Submit: March 10, 2012
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 2012. 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 2011 or Spring 2012. Contact Carl Turner, Ph.D., VP of Academic Outreach Carolinas PDMA, email@example.com. Learn more
25th Annual Innovation Competition
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 in Lincoln, NE
The Center for Entrepreneurship will host the 25th Annual Innovation Competition (formerly called New Venture World Competition) Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 8:00a.m. downtown Embassy Suites Lincoln, NE. This competition is one of the longest running business plan competitions in the world. Twenty four teams will compete in the Preliminary Round beginning at 8:20 a.m. Winners will be announced6:00 p.m. at the award banquet. The competition encourages economic growth in Nebraska and around the world. Learn More
Values and Ventures Competition
April 19-20, 2012 at TCU, Fort Worth TX
Each spring, the 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. Read more.
VT Knowledge Works
August 19-25, 2012 at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA
The VT KnowledgeWorks Global 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 celebration where students are housed with local families, spend interactive time with successful technology companies, and enjoy fellowship with each other and with Virginia Tech students during festive meals and celebrations. Read more.
Women Entrepreneurs Festival
January 17-18, 2012
This event is organized and hosted by ITP at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. The Women Entrepreneurs Festival is an extraordinary gathering of outstanding women entrepreneurs and investors eager to share their knowledge and experiences wtih other women starting, or on the brink of starting, their own businesses. Learn more
Black Male Achievement Fellowship
Deadline: January 9th, 2012
Could you use $70,000 to launch your innovative idea to change the lives of black men and boys?
Echoing Green is proud to launch the inaugural Open Society Fellowship for Black Male Achievement. Up to 8 promising social entrepreneurs with bold ideas will receive $70,000 in seed funding, strategic support, and a powerful community of Echoing Green and Open Society Foundation Fellows and Alumni over an 18 month fellowship. The first round online application is open now, through January 9, 2012. Learn more
Echoing Green Fellowship
Deadline: January 9th, 2012.
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, strategic support, and a powerful community of 500+ other Fellows and Alumni over a 2 year fellowship. The first round online application is open now, through January 9, 2012. Learn more.