A comprehensive list of all business competitions in North America can be found at Biz Plan Competitions.
Michigan Business Competitions
The mission of the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, and its competition, is to continually encourage and educate entrepreneurs on the creation, start up and early growth stages of high-growth businesses within the state of Michigan. This will be accomplished by linking entrepreneurs pursuing high-growth opportunities with access to a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high quality education, management talent and capital at every stage of development.
The Zell Lurie Institute at University of Michigan is a leading innovator in entrepreneurial education, advancing skills and arming entrepreneurial graduates with exclusive resources to catalyze innovation, create high-growth ventures or join start-ups.
NGI is the result of business and community leaders joining together to create a competition that encourages entrepreneurs to commit to new business development in Oswego County and offers a $25,000 prize to help make that dream come true.
TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network sponsored by top Venture Capital Firms, and Fortune 500 corporations; spread across 53 chapters in 12 countries comprising 1800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as charter members, 12000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as members. TiE has grown to become the world’s largest non-profit organization for entrepreneurs.
Michigan Based Student Competitions
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Seidman College of Business serves to promote, preserve, influence, and impact students, faculty, and the community through quality academic research, resource management, and information services in the field of entrepreneurship. The center fosters interaction within various workshops and seminars, as well as through coordination of programs with local business organizations. The center is a catalyst in the cross-disciplinary development of research and action throughout the university and the West Michigan community serving to bring business and non-business faculty and students together to foster the transfer of ideas into commercialized ventures.
The Institute’s innovative real-world approach and the Business School’s traditional management excellence encourages and nurtures students in preparing for entrepreneurial careers to succeed, autonomously or in a corporate setting, as leaders for new venture creation and growth. Under the guidance of Professor Thomas Kinnear, the Institute provides access to capital, competitions, and other means of significant support and resources for students to take the knowledge learned in the classroom, build a business plan, and actually launch a business while earning their degree. In addition, the Institute works with other acclaimed University research units, such as the Medical Center and College of Engineering, to introduce students to new venture opportunities and to accelerate the commercialization process for University of Michigan ideas and technologies.
This Competition is designed to encourage entrepreneurial activism among students by recognizing and rewarding those who present detailed plans on designing and creating new business enterprises, drawing on their own ideas and inventions or those of others. The Competition provides a forum for these students to present their new venture plans to investors, receive meaningful feedback, have the opportunity to start a new business, and apply classroom learning to real world projects. The business plans must propose ventures that will be financially profitable, create new jobs, and be lawful.
A business case competition focused on finding renewable technologies that are immediately applicable in emerging markets, the International Renewable Energy Case Competition (IRECC) is organized centrally by Investors Beyond Borders. The purpose of the International Renewable Energy Case Competition is to provide students opportunities to gain diverse experience in creating a proposal for an international business venture in an emerging country. Students will be challenged to apply creative, analytical and teamwork abilities on an international stage.
The competition was sponsored by the Seidman College of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The top seven undergraduate students who entered the competition pitched their business plans to members of the West Michigan business and entrepreneurship community in competition for cash prizes totaling $10,000. The seven were selected from an original pool of 32-entries over a demanding two month process.
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University, located within the College of Business, strives to create, encourage and sustain the entrepreneurial spirit through its various activities. It assists emerging growth companies in the southeastern Michigan region with mentoring, seminars, business plan reviews and structured mentoring and networking between entrepreneurs and various resource providers.
Competitions Outside of Michigan
Boomer Venture Summit
Breakthrough Innovation Grant Competition
Clean Energy Challenge
Clean Tech Open
Dell Social Innovation Challenge
Florida Atlantic University Business Plan Competition
Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition
Global Social Venture Competition
Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership Business Plan Competition
Licensing Executives Society Business Plan Competition
McGinnis Venture Competition
Million Dollar Idea
Nebraska Innovation Competition
New Venture Challenge
New Venture Championship
NYC Next Idea Global Business Plan Competition
OFC Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Queens’ Entrepreneurs’ Competition
Rhode Island Business Plan Competition
Rice Business Plan Competition
Santa Fe Biz Mix Challenge
Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge
Stu Clark Investment Competition
Sustainable Venture Capital Investment Competition
The Cardinal Challenge
The Elevator Competition
The Gigabit Challenge
UC Spirit of Enterprise Competition
University Life Sciences Business Plan Competition
Venture Capital Investment Competition
Venture Labs Investment Competition
WBT Student Venture Open
William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition
World Collegiate Sales Open
Youth Bridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition