Business Plan Contest Directory

Business Plan Contests and Business Plan Competition Events have become very popular around the world for universities and non-profit organizations that support entrepreneurship. Our Business Plan Contest Directory lists the most popular business plan contests and business plan competition events from around the world.


Arab Technology Business Plan Competition
Regional Technology investment competition organized by Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) in cooperation with Intel Corporation. The competition provides the Arabian Entrepreneurs with tools to turn their Technological innovation into business opportunities. Winners will have the opportunity to show their business plans in front of venture capitals, angel fund and investors in the ASTF Investment in Technology Forum.

Brazil Business Plan Competition
Focusing on high-technology and venture capital in Brazil.

Bulgarian Institute for Management and Technology (BIMT)
This competition gives students, alumni and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to work together to turn innovative ideas into successful businesses. The event involves teams from six countries from the CEE region: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Israel, Hungary, Poland Romania, Slovakia and Turkey.

Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs
CORE (Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs) was founded in late 1999 by students with the desire to become entrepreneurs. CORE’s leading objective is to provide educational and professional resources for students at Columbia University with an interest in entrepreneurship. As the only university-wide forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences, and challenges relating to entrepreneurship, CORE has successfully organized university-wide business plan competitions, awarded both graduate and undergraduate students over $100,000 dollars in seed capital, and sponsored numerous events featuring successful entrepreneurs as speakers. There are currently over 1,200 members in CORE.

Cupid’s Cup (University of Maryland)
An annual business competition showcasing young entrepreneurs from the University of Maryland. This competition is made possible by one of UMD’s most successful entrepreneurs, Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, whose generous donation of $22,500 is awarded each year to the 1st and 2nd place winning companies. Winners of the 1st Annual Cupid’s Cup were North Star Games founded by two former Smith MBA students and past Dingman Scholars.

Cyprus Entrepreneurship Competition (CyCE)
Organized by the University of Cyprus. The CyEC was first announced at the 8th Panhellenic Conference on Informatics that took place in Nicosia in November 2001, during the program of the “Workshop on Start-ups, Incubators and Venture Capital”.

Drexel University
The Baiada Center hosts three competitions that provide a process for students to turn great ideas into great businesses. Competitions encourage students to form interdisciplinary teams, to take ideas from the concept phase, through a feasibility study/market analysis to a full business plan, and to build a new venture. These three competitions are designed for students across all schools at Drexel, and welcome the participation of students not enrolled in the entrepreneurial or business curriculum. Student teams receive extensive feedback and receive written comments from several judges.

Global Security Challenge
Hosted at London Business School, this is the first annual business plan competition to find and select the most promising security technology startups in the world. Specifically designed to help start-ups in the booming post-September 11 security field, the second annual competition increased the prize money from $10,000 to $500,000.

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
This program received over 750 nominations from student entrepreneurs at 300+ universities in 14 countries. From those 750 and through the 13 regional competitions the field was narrowed down to 23 global finalists from 6 countries that competed for the title.

Idea Village 504ward Business Competition
Sponsored by The Idea Village, a 501 (c) (3) economic development organization in New Orleans, LA . The Idea Village is seeding the national competition with $100,000 and encouraging the local and national community to contribute additional resources. Persons entering this Competition must be part of the management teams of ventures with business ideas designed to retain the 23-35 year old demographic in the New Orleans region.

Intel Technology Challenge
The Intel®+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge is where the best engineers and scientists present how they plan to make the world a better place through their innovations and entrepreneurial skills. The Challenge partners with the best research institutions around the world and affiliates with regional business plan competitions to find the technologies and teams that can have the greatest impact. Participation in the Challenge gets you, your technology and your institution onto the premier world stage for technology entrepreneurship.

Intel® Challenge Europe
A regional business plan for university students. The goal of Intel® Challenge Europe is to contribute to the entrepreneurial movement and help generate interest and development of technological projects with the potential to become major business opportunities. By advancing technology entrepreneurship, Intel® Challenge Europe can support projects that can create value-added production chains and result in job creation.

McGinnis Venture Competition
Hosted at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. The McGinnis Venture Competition is a graduate-level, new venture competition that focuses exclusively on bringing new technologies to market through entrepreneurship. Teams can compete in one of three tracks (Technology, Life Science and CleanTech), and each track offers a $20,000 grand prize to its winner. With nearly 25% of its participants hailing from outside the United States, the McGinnis Venture Competition is truly an international event that includes top schools from around the world.

Launching a global startup competition in 2010 to produce high-growth businesses across 6 tracks: Energy, Healthcare, Digital Technology, Social Impact, General (Seed), and General (Expansion). The first contest will launch in late Spring 2010, and winners will be announced in early October 2010. Ideas and teams will be sourced globally, with activities focused in Massachusetts. Every entrant will receive coaching, feedback, PR and networking support from local experts and partner organizations. Winners will receive cash prizes toward launching their businesses and will enjoy privileged access to top investors seeking to place seed capital to work in high-growth firms. MassChallenge is a 501(c)(3) (non-profit) initiative and is funded by a combination of public and private sources.

Mexico Innavado
This competition is executed with the help of the “Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey” (ITESM) and is aimed to develop interest in Entrepreneurship in Technology among College students in Mexico. This competition has three awards, which go up to $25,000 in cash plus consulting services from the ITESM Business Incubator.

MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
Designed to encourage students and researchers in the MIT community to act on their talent, ideas and energy to produce tomorrow’s leading firms. Now in its 18th year, the Competition has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and business startup services to outstanding teams of student entrepreneurs who submitted business plans for new ventures showing significant business potential.

Moot Corporation Business Plan Contest
With affiliate competitions in Africa, Canada, Australia, and Latin America, the Moot Corp Competition has become a global brand. Twenty-two winners of other business plan competitions are automatically eligible to come to Austin to compete on an international level. Participating in several competitions within the year allows the team to perfect its business plan and then hit the venture capital roadshows. Sponsored in part by the University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business.

New York University Stern School
NYU Stern’s Business Plan Competition, open to the greater NYU community, is a year-long experiential program designed to unite the innovations developed throughout NYU’s graduate schools with the business acumen of the Stern community.

Oxford University
The 21st Century Challenge at Oxford is designed to encourage commercial solutions to help solve the major social and environmental challenges of the 21st Century. More than 180 entries were received from 23 countries, with the greatest number from UK, USA, India, Kenya and China. Finalists from the previous Oxford Business Plan competitions, including six of Oxfordshire’s thriving bioscience companies, have gone on to great successes, raising millions in venture finance and flotation.

Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC)
The foremost international undergraduate business plan competition in Canada, organized entirely by students. Every year, they receive business plan submissions from undergraduate students of top universities in Canada and around the world, all competing for $25,000 in cash prizes that help them jumpstart their business ventures. In addition to the cash prizes, judges also provide valuable feedback to all teams that have submitted a business plan. The QEC works hard to provide competitors a platform to share their business ideas, meet other young entrepreneurs, and network with leaders in the business community. Past judges include Tim Wilson (President of Visa Canada), Grant Rassmussen (President and CEO of UBS Bank Canada), John Sleeman (CEO of Sleeman Breweries). Past speakers include Bryan Pearson (President of Air Miles Canada), Brett Wilson (Dragon on CBC’s the Dragons’ Den) and Clive Beddoe (Founder of Westjet Airlines).

Rice University Business Plan Competition (RBPC)
This program claims to be the richest guaranteed prize money intercollegiate business plan competition in the world. This three-day event is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The Competition is hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University.

Silicon Valley Boomer Business Plan
From early-stage ventures in medicine to media, fashion to financial services and beyond, the Boomer Business Plan Competition aims to generate the best ideas from the best universities as well as tap into the business expertise and creativity of any entrepreneurs globally who are addressing the 45+ market.

Start-Up@Singapore (S@S)
A world-class business plan competition organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Entrepreneurship Centre, NUS Business School Alumni Association and NUS Entrepreneurship Society. Launched in 1999 and now in our ninth year, S@S aims to be the beacon for start-ups on their road to success.

Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch Competition
Produced by the largest angel investment group in the United States and the leading source of first-time funding to entrepreneurs in Southern California. Winners get fast-tracked into the Tech Coast Angels screening process.

TIC Americas
Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC Americas), an opportunity for young people worldwide to develop and present their business ideas to a diverse international audience. Presents awards as an international business plan competition and accelerator for young entrepreneurs. The TIC Americas model goes beyond business plans to include extended training, mentoring, and prototype phases to test the project’s feasibility in the real market. Awards include financial prizes, incubation, internships, as well as promotional and networking opportunities in seven awards areas: E-Business, Creative Design, Tradition and Culture, Spirit of Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, New Markets and International Alliance.

Founded in 2005, an annual competition created by TiE Toronto (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and supported by the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. The competition has evolved into the premier business venture competition in Canada. More than 200+ entrepreneurs participate in the annual competition. The competition is aggressively promoted at campuses of various universities, entrepreneurial assistance programs, as well as through referrals from banks, accounting firms, legal firms and industry associations.

Tulane University Entrepreneurs Association
Plans presented under the Social Entrepreneurship track can either be profit or not-for-profit ventures. They should be designed specifically to address a social, environmental or economic problem, producing a positive and identifiable impact to the community. Winning ventures to be implemented in the New Orleans area will have access to a pool of highly qualified professional services, to assist them during their start-up process.

University of California Berkeley
The Competition serves as the convergence point for entrepreneurs across the greater UC Berkeley community. Individuals from the schools of engineering and business, the departments of biology and political science, UC Berkeley alumni and undergraduates, University staff, researchers from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and more are invited to participate.

University of California San Diego $50k Entrepreneurship Competition
The purpose of the UCSD $50k Entrepreneurship Competition is to foster community involvement and technological innovation by bringing multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and business-minded students together with local area entrepreneurs and professionals.

University of Queensland Business School (Australia)
The prize in the University of Queensland’s business plan competition is released in installments to provide incentive for winners to launch their businesses. Each team can have up to seven people, but at least one must be enrolled as a student at the Brisbane university.

University of Southern California
The grand prizes for USC’s traditional business plan and technology-commercialization tracks are 100% cash so budding entrepreneurs have flexibility when spending the money. Winners also get six months free rent in the Los Angeles County Technology Business Center.

UnternehmerTUM GmbH
The centre for entrepreneurship at the TU München. An independent, non-profit making private limited company and an associated institute of the university. It helps students and scientists at the Technische Universität München develop their business skills in both theory and practice, and supports university innovation and start-up teams to develop their products and business ventures. Each year about 1,000 students and researchers join their entrepreneurial courses and work in innovation projects.

Ventura International Business Plan Competition
The Entrepreneurship Cell of NIT Trichy in India presents Ventura International Business Plan Contest. With prize money of US$8,000 and incubation fund amounting to almost US$200,000, Ventura is one the largest business plan contest for students from all over the world. Apart from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes, awards will also be given for Best Environmentally Conscious Plan, Best Grassroot Level Innovation and Best Technical Innovation. Incubation Fund of up to US$200,000 for all finalists, to set up their technolgy venture will be provided.  The participants will have access to incubation facilities at TREC-STEP, the oldest incubator in the country and other associate incubators in the country and abroad. All foreign participants will get a taste of the most extensive soft landing facilities. The 45 day intensive mentoring will give participants a chance to interact with the best in the industry.

Washington University in St. Louis
The Olin Cup is an annual event held to promote learning and collaboration leading to the creation of new business ventures. Winners of the competition receive up to $50,000 in investment funds to help establish a business. (Academic credit is not awarded.) Since 2005, the Competition has also awarded a $5,000 cash prize to the winning student team. The potential participant pool for the competition includes students in all schools at Washington University, alumni and the local business community. Everyone is invited to participate. However, for a team to qualify for the funding award, it must include one current Washington University student or alumnus. Ventures that are Washington University student-owned (at least 51%) or student-supported are also eligible for the $5,000 student prize.

Wharton Business Plan Competition (WBPC)
The WBPC is among the leading global university-run business plan competitions. The WBPC was launched in 1998 by the Wharton Entrepreneurship Club and is now part of Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs, which co-manages the event with a specially selected student committee. The WBPC is open to all students at the University of Pennsylvania and, since its inception, has drawn over 150 student teams annually, comprising nearly 400 participants from Schools across the University of Pennsylvania.

Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest
The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Participants have the chance to win seed capital, valuable services that will help them launch their businesses and a Grand Prize worth $50,000. Since its inception in 2004, more than 1,000 entries have been received and nearly $650,000 in cash and in-kind prizes has been awarded. In 2007, 12 finalists won cash prizes.

Women 2.0 Business Plan Competition
Gives passionate entrepreneurs with interesting ideas a chance to follow their dreams and build something to change the world! Teams with at least 50% female ownership are invited to submit their business ideas on a 7×7 inch paper napkin along with a business plan. Finalists will be invited to attend the conference, and winning teams get one-on-one meeting with iconic angel investor, Esther Dyson among other prizes to be announced. Previous year’s prizes were meetings with Michael Mortiz, Sequoia Capital and Tim Draper, Draper Fisher Jurvetson.