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The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business. This is the 17th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.
The Leatherby Center conducts competitions to search for the best and most feasible new ideas from Chapman University students and other college students across the nation. Here you can also find a list of other business plan competitions that you may be interested in.
We teach, coach and lead the principled, cross-disciplinary practice of entrepreneurship. We believe that, through determined practice, leadership and team work, our students, faculty, clients, volunteers and alums can systematically recombine the new and the old to forge new ventures, create an entrepreneurial culture, and dramatically benefit our community.
Spurred by the growth of established companies and the success of Silicon Beach start-ups, investors and venture capitalists are getting excited about partnering with the skill-sets that are being cultivated right here in Southern California. At the same time, companies are increasingly partnering with universities, in order to tap the expertise institutions like ours house, and to connect with our student and alumni networks which span the globe. With strengths in a diverse set of competencies that span everything from digital media to biotechnology, and buttressed by our location at the heart of the Pacific Rim, USC is ideally positioned to be a lead catalyst in what will increasingly become an innovation-based global economy in the years to come.
The UCI New Venture Competition offers UCI students, staff members, and researchers the opportunity to form a team, launch a startup and potentially fund their business idea all within seven months. Teams compete for more than $100,000 in prize money! You have full control over what you create. We connect you with other students, provide you with the tools to transform your idea into a concept, and even match you with industry mentors to develop your concept into a solution. Teams submit a 3-page concept paper in February and those chosen as semi-finalists build a pitch deck and present their idea to the judges in May.
Now in its 36th year, the Knapp Venture Competition has evolved into one of the premier academic business plan competitions in Southern California. It encourages UCLA Anderson students to showcase their talents and learn from insights of successful entrepreneurs and business executives. The Knapp Competition has given more than 1,800 UCLA Anderson students a unique venture creation experience that has been instrumental in launching numerous businesses.
FLOW’s DOE Cleantech UP business plan competition is for university students and recent graduates focused on cleantech and sustainability. In addition to cleantech and clean energy, FLOW supports a broad spectrum of sustainability-related innovations including those related to natural resource management and agricultural technologies. The competition has over $100,000 in cash prizes available.
Techweek sees a causal reversal at work in the rise of technology cities. Rather than being just a feature of success, the emergence of substantial and sustainable businesses – which it terms “Hero Companies” – is an input into the creation and development of robust tech ecosystems. Hero Companies are high-growth businesses that achieve a substantial and sustainable impact and incubate talent, ideas, and most importantly, spinoffs. This theory posits that the spinoff process is the most effective method to spur dynamic hubs of growth, innovation, and wealth generation.
Startup Pitch Night is the place to practice your pitch. It’s fun to watch and provide audience feedback. Our guest speakers cover relevant topics. Mingle with lots of people.