Fall Business Competitions

MIT 100k

One competition – three independent contests – from September through May. For 28 years, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has been bringing together students and researchers from across MIT and Greater Boston to launch their talent, ideas, and technology into leading companies. The competition is run as a series of distinct, increasingly intensive contests: Pitch, Accelerate, and Launch.

Each contest focuses on developing specific founding skills, and for each semi-finalist contender the MIT $100K brings together a network of resources, including mentorship from venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and attorneys; media exposure; prototyping funds; business plan feedback; and discounted services. Additionally, more than $300K in non-dilutive awards help these new ventures accelerate.

U.Pitch Competition & Showcase

Future Founders immerses youth in experiences that inspire and empower them to create their own opportunity. We believe this leads to a generation more determined, hopeful and equipped as they engage the future. To date, our programs have served over 30,000 youth. Join us as we empower the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Startup Open

Startup Open is a global competition that is open to entrepreneurs from any industry with a new business that has yet to raise any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding.

Project Entrepreneur

Project Entrepreneur ignites bold ideas by providing women access to the tools, training and networks needed to build scalable, economically impactful companies.

Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.

Real Elevator Pitch Competition

The annual Real Elevator Pitch Competition invites college students to enter SLU’s twist on the classic elevator pitch competition for a chance to win a grand prize. The submission window is open from late October through mid-November. A panel of judges will select the top 12 pitches, who will move on to the final round held in early December at the One Metropolitan Square building in downtown St. Louis. The 12 finalists will pitch to 30-plus wealthy judges while riding up and down on 12 elevators.

Spring Business Competitions

Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition

The Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC) is open to applicants worldwide and offers a tremendous opportunity to entrepreneurs and investors alike. With a rich history of success, the EBPC has awarded over $1,000,000 in cash prizes since 2010, and winners and finalists have gone on to raise more than $135 million in additional funding. Through its dynamic ecosystem, the EBPC celebrates meaningful innovations that address persistent and emerging problems in education.

TCU Values & Ventures Competition

A unique annual competition for undergraduate students around the world to pitch plans for businesses, products or services that make a profit while also benefiting the environment, the community or a specific population. Presented by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

Clean Energy Trust University Prize (UP)

Cleantech UP, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a premier opportunity for university students to tap into entrepreneurial ambition and passion for change.  Students are asked to submit a business plan for a clean energy startup idea, 8-10 finalists will be chosen, and one team will win a $50,000 grant to further develop their idea.

Rice Business Plan Competition

World’s richest and largest student startup competition.

Pitch and Catch

The Pitch and Catch Competition, hosted by Saint Louis University, is an opportunity to win cash and networking resources for your business by presenting your investor pitch to a panel of judges at the Gateway Grizzlies ballpark in Saint Louis.

Startup Tuscon IdeaFunding

IdeaFunding is one of Arizona's largest conferences for entrepreneurs.  It is a full day of pitch competitions, panels, discussions, speakers and networking around best practices, key lessons and next steps to launch a company.