competitions:

  • DRAPER COMPETITION FOR COLLEGIATE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS OPENS The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is designed to hone the skills that undergraduate women need to advance through the process from idea to venture creation. Through three rounds of competition, students demonstrate an understanding of a problem, why the problem requires a new venture to address it, how their idea presents the best solution to the problem, and what resources, partnerships and activities it takes to successfully launch the venture. MORE INFO 

  • eMERGE STARTUP SHOWCASE APPLICATIONS- DUE February 8, 2019 Think you might be on to something big? Showcase your innovation at eMerge Americas and compete with over 100 startups from around the globe. With hundreds of angel investors and venture capitalists on the EXPO floor, the exposure alone is powerful. Winning has its perks, too—a suite of prizes. Registration for the 2019 Startup Showcase is now open. Selected startups will be announced on February 22, 2019. MORE INFO

  • RICE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION - CURRENTLY NOT OPEN The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world's richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Rice University's internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship. This is the 18th 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. MORE INFO

  • NEW VENTURE CHAMPIONSHIP APPLICATION-DUE February 6, 2019 Teams from elite universities come to Portland every year to pitch their venture plans and vie for more than $50,000 in cash prizes. The competition is the Pacific Northwest's original six-round business competition, setting the standard followed by others. Deadline to apply is February 6, 2019. MORE INFO

  • BIG BANG! BUSINESS COMPETITION APPLICATION-DUE February 21, 2019 UC DAVIS' annual Big Bang! Business Competition provides a forum for UC Davis and the broader community to collaborate, develop and test business visions and plans. The Big Bang! provides a rich immersion for students, faculty, researchers and community members interested in starting or growing a business venture. In addition to the competition, the Big Bang! offers a comprehensive series of workshops for building entrepreneurial skills. Final registration deadline is February 21, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. MORE INFO

  • STUDENT STARTUP MADNESS Student Startup Madness is a nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, culminating with national finals at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in March. MORE INFO

  • Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan-DUE February 13, 2019 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. Submit your education venture at www.educationcompetition.org for the opportunity to win a share of $100,000 in cash prizes.

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