Intercollegiate Business Competitions

University of Rochester students are encouraged to participate in intercollegiate business competitions.

  • Create working business models
  • Network with students, faculty and entrepreneurs from around the country and abroad
  • Raise capital for your business idea
  • Learn about various approaches to venture creation and entrepreneurship

Please contact the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship if you plan to enter any of the below competitions.
We can connect you with mentors and faculty to help polish your submissions and presentations.

CompetitionInstitution/OrganizationApplication DeadlineCompetition DateEligibilityNotes
Idea to Product Global CompetitionSao Paulo, BrazilSeptember 23, 2013 November 7-9, 2013Both Undergraduate and GraduateEarly-stage technology commercialization competition.
Queens' Entrepreneurs' CompetitionQueen's School of Business October 25, 2013 January 16 - 18, 2014Undergraduate
Ivey Business Plan CompetitionThe Richard Ivey School of BusinessNovember 2013January 24-25, 2014Graduate
Venture Capital Investment CompetitionNYU Stern (Regional Competition)

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 
November 8, 2013March 2014GraduateInvitation Only
NYC Next Idea: Global New Venture CompetitionColumbia University & NYC Economic Development Corporation November 11, 2013April 2, 2014Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Global Social Entrepreneurship CompetitionUniversity of Washington November 12, 2013 February 24-28, 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateFor plans focused on alleviating poverty and improving the quality of life in the developing world.
Sustainable Business Plan CompetitionWilliam James Foundation Novebmer 15, 2013July 24-26, 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateFor business plans that incorporate a social or environmental value.
Walmart Better Living Business Plan ChallengePurdue UniversityDecember 3, 2013 April 9-11, 2014Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize CompetitionMIT December 31, 2013 June 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateAccepting applications realted to Healthcare ('Cure It') and Consumer Devices or Tools ('Use It') categories this year.
Retail Innovation ChallengeWake Forest University January 2014 March 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateThe first place winner of this competition advances to the Venture Labs Investment Competition.
Sustainable Venture Capital Investment CompetitionUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill January 2014 February 14, 2014GraduateFocused on social return on investment.
Cardinal ChallengeUniversity of Louisville January 3, 2014 February 14-15,2014Graduate
Graduate Student Business CompetitionLES Licensing Foundation January 3, 2014 March 24-25, 2014GraduateEarly-stage technology commercialization competition.
Cupid's CupUniversity of Maryland January 6, 2014 April 4, 2014Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Social Enterprise Conference Pitch for a Change CompetitionHarvard UniversityJanuary 6, 2014February 15, 2014Anyone
Business Plan CompetitionTulane University  January 15, 2014 April 11, 2014Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Global Social Venture CompetitionUniversity of California - Berkeley

Georgia Tech for Regional Semi-Final
January 29, 2014March 21, 2014GraduateFor business plans that incorporate a social or environmental value.
New Venture ChampionshipUniversity of Oregon February 3, 2014 April 3-5, 2014Graduate
MIT Clean Energy Prize University of MIT February 13, 2014 April 27-28, 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateThree categories: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, or Infrastructure & Resources
Giants Entrepreneurship ChallengeUniversity of North Dakota February 15, 2014 April 12-13, 2014Both Undergraduate and Graduate
Rice Business Plan CompetitionRice University February 21, 2014 April 10-12, 2014GraduateA team with some undergraduates will be allowed to compete.
Venture Labs Investment CompetitionUniversity of Texas, Austin February 21, 2014 May 1-3, 2014Graduate
Arch Grants Global Startup CompetitionSt. Louis, MOFebruary 21, 2014April 2014Anyone
Agricultural Innovation PrizeHoward G. Buffett Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-MadisonFebruary 28, 2014April 25-26, 2014Both Undergraduate and Graduate
New York Young Entrepreneur ChallengeFrontStreetFebruary 28, 2014May 14, 2014Undergraduate
The Big SellPurdue University - CalumetMarch 1, 2014March 29, 2014AnyoneThree categories: Technology;
Social Entrepreneurship and Environmental; or Open Category
New York Business Plan Competition - Finger Lakes Region ContestUniversity of Rochester and RITMarch 9, 2014April 9, 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateWinners of regional competition will compete in Albany on April 25, 2014.
UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan CompetitionUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs March 17, 2014 April 24-25, 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateAll entries must be business plans for scalable ventures in sports/outdoors industries.
Carnegie Mellon Venture ChallengeCarnegie Mellon University March 18, 2014 April 5, 2014Undergraduate
International Impact Investing ChallengeWashington D.C. March 2014 April 2014Graduate
Boomer Venture SummitSanta Clara UniversityMay 1, 2014 June 2014AnyoneCompetition for business plans that market to the baby boomer population.
43NorthBuffalo, New YorkMay 31, 2014October 2014Anyone$5 million cash to be given away with $1 million first place price
Dell Social Innovation ChallengeUniversity of Texas, Austin September 2014 December 2014Both Undergraduate and GraduateCompetition for business plans that incorporate a social or environmental value.
Undergraduate Venture Capital Investment CompetitionUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel HillOctober 2014 November 2014Undergraduate

View more on the business plan competition database.