Business Plan Competitions
Business Plan competitions allow students to gain experience in not only as competitors for a prize, but also in working together as a team, public speaking, strategy, planning ahead and making contacts.
In addition, the CIE provides information, coaching and advice to students enrolled in the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program on both regional competitions and national competitions and also works with the SCEO on other student-run competitions and team prep.
Business Plan Competition
$1,000 Cash Prize sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The annual SCEO Business Plan Competition is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 7-9 pm, Lucas Hall 126~Forbes Family Conference Center. Share your game-changing business plan and prepare a team presentation. A workshop on elements of a successful slide deck will be held on April 18 at the SCEO General Meeting.
Workshop: Thursday, April 18, Time TBA, Locatelli Center
Competition: Thursday, April 18, 7 pm, Lucas Hall 126
Interested in watching? Spectators are welcome and encouraged!!
Sustainable Silicon Valley Invites SCU to Compete in
their Call for Solutions Showcase of Solutions
for Planetary Sustainability
Do you have an impactful idea or a proposed solution that will help achieve economic and environment resilience? If YES, consider participating in Sustainable Silicon Valley's Call for Solution Competition. Submit your ideas now through January 15, 2013.
Call for Solutions is a competition that aims to recognize innovative and ambitious solutions and create ecosystems of sulutions that address long-term sustainability challenges being faced by our planet. Call for Solutions is an opportunity to showcase creative solutions that advance global sustainability and to network with angel investors and VCs who are looking for interesting investment opportunities in this sector as well as business and sustainability leaders who have put into practice game changing solutions in areas such as water, transportation, fuel, materials, energy, policies, communication and social change.
Finalists will be selected January 16-February 22, with the announcement of finalists on March 7, 2013, and the competition will be on May 23 at the NASA Ames Research Center. Enter before January 15!
- Exhibit clarity of solution design, be game-changing, implementable and scalable
- Be part of an integrated strategy dealing with key social, economic, environmental policy and cultural issues
- Be bold, visionary and tangible, focusing on a well-defined need of critical importance
- Be regionally specific yet globally applicable, and backed up by a solid plan and the capability to move the solution forward.
There are awards for many categories, visit Sustainable Silicon Valley for more information.
Click here to Enter.
John F. Kennedy University Invites SCU to Compete
Emerging Entrepreneurs Business Competition
To celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship among those starting a business in the Bay Area, the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership at JFK University is hosting an Emerging Entrepreneurs Business Competition.
Applications submitted by February 11, 2013, will be considered for prizes to be presented at the semi-final event in April and the final award luncheon on May 17, 2013. For completion information, see "Emerging Entrepreneurs Business Competition."
To participate, you must be enrolled as a student in an academic institution in the Bay Area, be hosted by an incubator or business accelerator, or have individually launched your for-profit business within the past 18 months. There is no fee to enter. Applications must be submitted in pdf form to email@example.com - please visit JFK U's application page for full details on what to include.
Mentorship is integral to the IEL program. Students have the opportunity to work with and learn from successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, and top level executives who have grown and run billion dollar companies. They also enjoy access to resources and capital and a wide array of networking opportunities.
SDSU LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition Open to Students from California Universities
San Diego State University invites students to enter a team for their inaugural LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition, open to students from top California and Baja California Universities. This competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Management Center at SDSU, is designed to assista nd reward student-based startups and provide them with an opportunity to pitch to potential investors and compete for over $25,000 in awards. A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, and C-level executives will judge the pitch and critical elements of the startups LeanModel™
Event: March 14-15, 2013
Location: San Diego State University campus
Team Information: Enrolled students at a four-year California (including Baja California) universities, freshman to PhD and a team cannot exceed five members. Full Eligibility Rules Here
The LeanModel™ Competition lies within this framework:
- Value proposition from customers' point of view
- Exact customer definition by target segment
- Product/service definition and composition
- Identification of business process
- Inside the company
- Outside the company (i.e. key partners, etc.)
- Competitive marketplace landscape
- "Revenue fast" principle to fund operations of a lean startup
- Management Mentality: evolve, pivot, evolve, pivot, evolve
Unlike most other business competitions that revolve around the creation of a hypothetical business plan, LeanModel is focused on the creation of a startup company, the path to a quick prototype and the critical strategy and learnings of the framework listed above which reveals the ways in which the student startup has actually utilized customer feedback in order to evolve and pivot their company's strategy.
Further rules and deadline information will be availabile within the next 30 days-why not start thinking about your plan of action today.
Registration is now open! Timeline:
January 31, 2013: Register before 11:59 pm to compete
February 15, 2013: Multi-media models due by 11:59 pm
March 14, 2013: Alumni Center Presentations
March 15, 2013: Semi Finals & Finals
Click here for a competition timeline guide.
Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship
Invites SCU Graduate Students to Compete
Forty-two teams will be invited to compete in the 2013 RBPC at Rice University. Teams will compete for an expected $1 million + in prizes, including $900,000 in investment offers, over $500,000 in other cash prizes.Teams will have the opportunity to meet and network with over 250 venture capital principals, early stage investors, and successful entrepreneurs who will serve as judges for the competition.
Qualification to participate in the RBPC is determined by the criteria outlined in the Executive Summary section and by meeting the deadlines below. Teams should include at least 2 students and NOT exceed 5 students-this is a competition for graduate students and at least ONE student must be a graduate student and a member of the venture's startup management team. Please read the full eligibility requirements.
How to Enter
Prior to submitting your application, please review eligibility requirements and submission guidelines. The RBPC uses the iStart platform to manage applications. To enter, a designated team leader should complete the online enrollment form by clicking the "APPLY NOW!" button above.There are 3 steps to complete your application: Team Leader:1)creates an individual account 2)Submits the business 3)Apply to the RBPC by answering the questions listed, and uploading the venture Executive Summary and OPTIONAL,but highly encouraged Video Pitch. All 3 steps must be completed no later than 5:00 PM CST Monday, February 18, 2013.Teams may make changes to the application until the deadline. The system will close at 5:00 PM CST, and no applications can be submitted after that deadline, partial applications will not be accepted, so please plan accordingly.
Note:Schools may submit an unlimited number of entries, buttypically only 1-2 teams per school will be invited to compete. (Exceptions to this guideline may be made on a case-by-case basis.) In the case of multiple entries from the same university, RBPC will choose the team(s) to represent that university at the Competition.Competition Dates:
Applications Accepted through Monday, February 18, 5 pm, CST (application and executive summary due)
Finalist Teams Announced: March 11, 2013
Finalist Teams Commit to Compete by March 15
Finalist Teams Business Plans Due: March 18
2013 Rice Business Plan Competition: April 11-13, 2013 (Houston, TX)
University of Colorado Colorado Springs 2012 UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs invites undergraduate and graduate students to compete in the 2012 UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition. This competition is open to student teams that are developing ventures in the sports/outdoors industries. All entries must be business plans for scalable ventures in at least one of the following categories:
- Sports equipment
- Sports apparel
- Outdoor equipment
- Camping, fishing, hunting gear, apparel, services
- Fitness and nutritional products/services
- Sports performance products/services/technologies
- Anti-doping detection and preventative products/services
- Fitness gear
- Fitness apparel
- Fantasy sports
- Sports related statistical/analytical services
- Sports/outdoors/fitness related social media
- Sports/outdoors/fitness related media
- Online fitness communities and services
- Wellness products, services, technologies
- Sports/outdoors/fitness related web sites, social media, gaming
Teams must be comprised such that at least 50% of the principals are currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of application. For the full official rules, please click here. The finals for this competition will be held on Thursday, October 25, and Friday, October 26, with the winners announced at an awards banquet Friday, October 26. All events will be held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Cash awards will be presented as follows: $20,000-First Place, $10,000-Second Place, $3,500-Third Place, and $1,500-Fourth Place.
All business plan submissions must include:
- Executive Summary
- Product/Service Description
- Market Analysis
- Competitive Analysis
- Founding Team & Other Stakeholders
- Go-to-Market Strategy
- Financial Projections (minimum 3 years)
All entries must be submitted via the competition website at Gust.com by September 17, 2012. The official site for this competition is:
Good Luck, Broncos!
8th Annual Be A VC Venture Capital Case Competition-Registration Deadline: April 9
Interested in a competition showcasing the other side of the VC table? Tenaya Capital, GGV Capital and Andreesen Horowitz are pleased to present the 8th Annual BeAVC Venture Capital Case Competition. The competition is structured to give students an opportunity to learn how VCs examine emerging technology sectors and develop investment ideas. Teams are paired with a venture industry mentor who will provide insight into the venture capital process and analytical methods. Competition finalists will have an opportunity to discuss their investment thesis in a round-table discussion with representatives from participating Silicon Valley venture firms.
Your team will compete against Stanford and UC Berkeley-this competition is open only to these three schools-let's make sure to show everyone that Broncos know their stuff!
Team Info & Competition Details: Student teams of 3-4 will put together a 15-minute presentation addressing the case given in the context below:
Venture capitalists spend a large amount of their time identifying and tracking emerging technologies and behavioral trends. Investments in the venture business typically have an incubation period of three to five years before realizing an "exit" - the act that converts the VC firm's original investment for shares in a company back into liquid/cash assets, typically through acquisition or IPO. One approach that many venture capitalists take to identify intriguing investment opportunities is to develop an investment thesis from analysis of emerging markets. An investment thesis helps to focus the investor on the type of company that will best take advantage of emerging market opportunities.
Your venture firm has significant interest in the following sectors: Consumer Internet, Software-as-a-Service / Cloud, and Mobile, and has turned to you to recommend an investment thesis and related investment opportunity in a company within one of those sectors. As your firm is an expansion / growth-stage fund, the company must have already raised a Series B or later round.
Submitted summaries will be reviewed by a panel of VC judges. The top six overall submissions will be selected for the finals (note: teams should *not* indicate their school affiliation to judges during the actual finals event). The six selected finalist teams will present their ideas in a round-table discussion format to a panel of representatives from the VC industry. Teams will b e expected to identify and present a persuasive argument for a potential investment thesis and opportunity. The finalist event is scheduled for the week of April 23, 2012.
Register your team of 3-4 before Monday, April 9, in order to secure a mentor
Team Member Names (3-4)
Team Member Emails
Team Member Majors
Team Member Graduation Date(s)
Santa Clara University
Sector of Focus: (select Consumer Internet, Software-as-a-Service/Cloud, or Mobile)
Presentation & Exec Summary due by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, April 17:
1-2 page executive summary
10-15 slide PowerPoint deck (appendix with supplemental information will not be included in this count)
Issues to consider addressing in your deliverables:
- Market Opportunity- How big is the market opportunity in dollars today? How big will it be in five years? What macro drivers are affecting the development and growth of the market, how has this evolved over the last few years, how is this expected to evolve?
- Competitive Landscape - Who is competing in this market and how do their products, services, offerings compare / differ? What are the barriers to entry for this business? Is there anything to prevent competitors (both mature companies and start-ups?) from launching similar products / services tomorrow?
- Value Proposition/Differentiation- What is unique about this company's approach that will allow them to become a market leader?
- Customers- Who is the target customer / end user and what does the customer really care about? What will users pay for? What will make users' lives better?
- Go-To-Market Strategy- Who does the company sell to? How does the company reach its users / customers? Who are the key strategic partners, what sales channels are important to compete effectively, are there disruptive distribution channels?
- Business Model/Monetization- How does the company make money? How much revenue does the company get from each customer? What are some possible alternative monetization strategies?
- Valuation- What are comparable public companies trading at? What are recent private acquisition multiples for comparable companies? What are the key financial / operating metrics used to value companies in the space?
- Capital Efficiency- How much capital does the company need? How capital efficient is the business?
- Management Team- How is this team positioned to effectively execute on the opportunity?
- Exit Strategy- How can this company return liquidity / cash to its investors in the long term? Will it be able to go public on the strength of its offering? Who might be likely acquirers? A formal exit analysis is NOT required.
- Note: these are suggestions - please do not feel constrained by/committed to them. Use whatever approach you think is most effective at communicating the investment attractiveness of the company.
If you'd like to see some of the past presentations or read more about the competition, please visit www.beavc.org
. Questions? SCEO President Anthony Prieto is on the executive planning committee of this exciting competition.
The CIE wants to help you win! Looking for some help? Have some questions? We're happy to help! Schedule an appointment with Dan Aguiar, or click around the CIE Resources Page
on our website--we have great links for various areas like blogs, resource centers, business plans, tools and more! Good Luck-Go Broncos!!
Be A VC Competition
February 16, 2012
Your Venture Group will soon be holding its yearly strategy session. The Partners in your firm have turned to you to create an initial investment thesis on ONE of the two following sectors: Cloud Computing or Mobile . Given that your fund has a 5-year investment horizon, $200 million of capital, and reserves up to $20 million of capital per prospective investment, you will make a 15 minute presentation to lay out your investment thesis on the chosen sector and recommend an attractive investment opportunity to the partnership based on your thesis.
Register here by February 10th to be eligible to receive up to $1000 in prizes.
- Teams of 3 to 4 current undergraduate students
- 10 Slides, 1 page outline
- 15 Minute Presentation + 5 minutes for Q&A
- Registration due February 10th, 2011
- Competition on February 16th, 2011
This competition is an internal competition used in preparation for the regional competition in April with both Stanford and UC Berkeley.
Example Slides from Previous SCU Winners/Contestants:
NorthScale (1st place in Internal Competition, 2nd place in Regional Competition) Team: Dean Hoang, Aris Harutyunyan, Preet Anand, more info here
Associated Content (First place in Internal Competition, 3rd Place in Regional Competition) Team: Chaz Flexman, more info here
More Info on the Regional Competition:Click here
2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Transform the world with your own big ideas through the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge! The DSIC supports talented entrepreneurs who are devoted to cracking the world's most imperative problems with their significant innovation and promising ides. Students will be provided "world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors." Join the ever-growing social innovation community online at DellChallenge.org in order to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and others all around the world.
This annual competition is open anyone enrolled in a college or university worldwide. Since the program first launched, over 15,000 students from 90 countries have proposed 3,000+ ideas. Students may enter in any one of the four project entry categories: Define, Design, Pilot, or Scale. Judges will then evaluate their projects based on clarity of innovation and significance of potential social impact, demonstration of high success probability, and potential impact if the project were to win.
The Grand Prize Award is $50,000, Second Prize is $20,000, and Third Prize is $10,000. Five other cash prizes will be awarded totaling $105,000. Additionally, there are 17 People's Choice Awards, in which $1,000 is awarded for entries earning the most votes online (11 global issue areas, and 6 geographic regions).
So check out the website at dellchallenge.org for more information, and enter today!
Dates and Deadlines
February 13- Deadline to Enter Grand Prize Awards
March 23-Grand Prize Semi-Finalists announced
April 22-Semi-Finalist video pitches and project roadmaps due
May 13-People's Choice Awards voting ends
May 14-Grand Prize Award Finalists announced
People's Choice Award Winners announced
Expertise Award Winners announced
June 8-12-Finalists Weekend in Austin, Texas
June 12-Grand Prize Award Winners announced
Be a Barista Competition
February 9, 2012
Do you have what it takes to become a barista? Come test your skills and see what it is like for a day. On February 9th, SCEO will be hosting a new competition to see who can make the best combination of a non –alcoholic drink. In a team of one, two, or many, create a drink of your choice and sell it to the student body of Santa Clara. Each team will be given $50 and keeps the profit from each sale!
Register here by February 8th to be eligible to receive $50 for your team.
- One or more people should be at the table at all times
- Must be some sort of potable liquid
- In progress: Can only accept credit and cash unless an SCEO member present at the table
- Must use only the space provided by SCEO
- Make sure the beverages are school appropriate
- $50 limit for all re-imbursements
- Its good to do it in groups so that you all can take shifts throughout the day
- We have the tables from 10-4 but maximize your time!!
- Please give your receipts to an SCEO board member before you leave the event!
Elevator Pitch Competition
$250 Cash Prize sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Have an innovative idea? The SCEO wants to hear it, but only 60 seconds of it.
- No slides.
- No visuals.
- Just 60 seconds of pitching your innovative feasible idea
Workshop: Thursday, October 13, 6 pm, Kenna Hall 218
Competition: Thursday, October 20, 7 pm, Kenna Hall 218
Enter the Competition~Registration deadline is October 16.
Interested in watching? Spectators are welcome and encouraged!! Stop by Kenna 218 at 7 pm on Thursday, October 20.
The Relay Foundation
Starting Line Business Plan Competition
Proposals due: November 1, 2011
The Relay Foundation's Business Plan Competition for socially conscious undergraduates invites SCU undergraduate students to apply now for your chance at over $7,500 in seed funding and in-kind prizes. Guidelines:
- Local, community ventures
- Partner with an existing community organization
- Must have a professor as an advisor
- Teams of 2-4 students
- Open to undergraduate students only
From The Relay Foundation: The Relay Foundation provides 0% interest rate, merit-based startup funding for upstarts, undergraduate social entrepreneurs looking to empower their local communities. In doing so, we redefine what it means to 'succeed', no longer based on the number of zeros on the paycheck but instead in the number of smiles and the genuine thanks you receive, and charge our students to understand the people and remedy the problems most ignored in their own backyards. If you're ready to truly succeed, we're here.
- Get an Account: It’s free. It’s easy. And, just a heads up, required for everyone on your team.
- Pick a Leader: The Leader will send in the team information, the venture proposal, and be our go-to for communication.
- Apply: Fill out the quick, online application. Applications are $25 for single entrants and $50 for the Joint-Competition. Fee-waivers available upon request with justification.
- Confirmation: The Relay Foundation will contact each team member to ensure they match applicant criteria.
- Judging Period: You may be contacted if a piece of your proposal seems unclear or requires further explanation. Stay alert!
- Learn: Each project, whether they make it to the Final Five or not, receives pages of feedback. Enter to learn, not to win!
- Attend the Final Event: Five teams will be given 15 minutes for a presentation and Q&A session. Finalists are announced that night. Contracts are signed and funds are released to your team 90 days from the final event.
- Venture Out: Do your local good. Hit your Metric of Achievement. Make it better.
- Pay It Back: Your loan is forgiven at a rate of 1% for each 1% of your Metric of Achievement that you hit. After we assess your impact, you only pay back the leftovers.
The more in depth guidelines/step-by-step is HERE.
Below are just a few of the off-campus competitions in which SCU students had the opportunity to participate.
Dell Social Innovation Competition (February-May, 2011)
The CIE is pleased to share the following competition information: The Dell Social Innovation Competition, a three-round elimination competition. Dell and the University of Texas at Austin invites University students (undergraduate and graduate students) worldwide to enter the competition for a chance to win a $50,000 prize to help put your plan into action.
Round 1: Deadline is February 14, 2011, 5 pm CST
Idea Submission: Students from any college or university in the world are invited to enter their ideas to change the world. When you enter, the title and description of the idea is viewable by the public. Students and the general public can read the ideas and vote for their favorites. A panel of judges will select up to 90 semifinalist entries to move on to the second round of competition. Up to 10 ideas with the most votes will move forward as semifinalists.
Voting ends February 18, 2011, 5 pm CST, Semifinalists announced March 1, 2011
Round 2 Deadline will then be April 1, at 5 pm
At this point, semifinalists will create a written plan detailing the social venture and record a 3-minute video pitch. The social venture plans are judged by leaders of academia, business, government and the nonprofit sector to select three finalist teams. Voting will end April 14, 5 pm CST with the finalists announced April 15, 2011.
Round 3 Final Event: May, 2011
Final Presentations and Awards: The three finalist teams representing universities worldwide fly to Texas to pitch their ideas live in front of a panel of expert judges, who will deliberate and award the grand prize at the reception following the presentation. The competition covers travel expenses for two members of each finalist team to visit The University of Texas at Austin for the final round of competition.
For more information or if you're ready to enter your idea now, visit www.dellsocialinnovation.com
Let's go Broncos!
Invitation from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business
Calling all Entrepreneurs!
The Global Social Venture Competition is the world’s preeminent social business plan competition providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world impact. Its mission is to catalyze new sustainable ventures that address significant social issues, build awareness of the social entrepreneurship field and educate future leaders. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.
Every year more than 500 entrant teams from around the world compete for $45,000 in prizes while gaining valuable professional feedback on their businesses. Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded over half a million dollars to promising social enterprises and introduced early-stage entrepreneurs to the venture capital community, creating a new generation of sustainable social ventures including Husk Power, Revolution Foods and d.light design.
Enter the Competition
Start planning your entry to this year's competition. Find the entry deadlines below. See the GSVC calendar for more information.
|December 27, 2011
|Business Plan Deadline
Indian School of Business
|January 15, 2011
|Executive Summary Deadline
|January 19, 2011
||US, Europe (non-French speaking), Africa and South America
|Executive Summary Deadline
Columbia, Haas and London Business School
- Every team must include at least one member who is a current student in ANY graduate business program or who has graduated from any graduate business program within the past 24 months.
- Operating companies are welcome to enter, though they must be less than 3 years old (as measured by first revenue or first patent issued).
- Plan can be for a for-profit or non-profit as long as either can be financially self-sustaining at scale.
- Entrants chosen to go on to the semifinals round will need to submit a business plan, including financial and social impact assessments
- For more details, visit gsvc.org
GSVC Regional Partner Schools
GSVC also has several Outreach Partners – for a complete list, visit: GSVC Outreach Partners
- Columbia Business School
- London Business School
- Indian School of Business
- ESSEC Business School (France)
- Thammasat Business School (Thailand)
- Social Enterprise Network (South Korea)
Find a Team
If you are interested in the competition and need to assemble or join a team review the information in the West Coast Regional Team Matching List.
Additional Key Dates
|January 19, 2011*
||Executive Summaries Due
||Full Business Plans Due
||Regional Semi Finals
|March 23, 2011
||Global Final Business Plans Due
|April 7-9, 2011
||Global Finals & Conference
*The January 19th submission deadline is for entrants from the US, Europe (non-French speaking), Africa and South America. Entrants from Asia should apply to the Asia Regional Round at the Indian School of Business or the SE Asia Round at Thammasat Business School in Thailand. If you wish to submit a plan in French, enter via the ESSEC Business School Regional Roundin France.
**Final Business Plan Submission and Regional Semi-Final dates vary by Partner School and Region.
See GSVC calendarfor more information.
Evansville New Venture Creation Competition
Sponsored by the University of Evansville
Friday, March 25, 2011
A global business competition
for undergraduate students hosted
by the University of Evansville
The Evansville New Venture Creation Competition
helps student teams fund and start new business ventures.
The teams present their ideas to a board of
investors who evaluate the merits of the plans. Each
team should demonstrate the characteristics that will
make its business successful as well as demonstrate its
need for funding.
Register now at business.evansville.edu/venturecreation
The teams must consist of undergraduate students
currently enrolled in a college or university, and they
must have faculty supervision. The competition is only
open to student teams with businesses that have been
in existence for less than 18 months or businesses still
in the development stage. Previous winners are not eligible
to enter. All presentations and business plans
must be the original work of the student teams. This
competition is open to universities outside the U.S.
The competition judging is based on the quality of the
business plan and the presentation. Student teams are
also judged on the feasibility of the business. Winners
are required to provide an accounting of their progress
to the ENVCC committee.
Prizes (start-up capital)
1st Place $10,000
2nd Place $2,500
3rd Place $1,000
Friday, January 21 – Online Registration Due
Friday, January 28 – Electronic Business Plan Due
Friday, February 18 – Announcement of Teams
Friday, March 4 – Business Plans Due (hard copy)
Friday, March 18 – PowerPoint Presentations Due
Friday, March 25 – Competition
See brochure for more details or email NewVenture@evansville.edu