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E+I External Competitions

Coming Up

Baylor New Venture

 

Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

Event: March 19 – 21, 2020

The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise is thrilled to host its eighth annual Baylor New Venture Competition on March 20-21, 2020 at Baylor University’s Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. This two-day business plan and elevator pitch competition showcases collegiate entrepreneurs from across the globe. A bonus day is offered for teams to receive additional feedback. 

This journey of personal and professional development includes industry-specific mentorship and coaching towards sustainable business plans.  In addition, student entrepreneurs gain exclusive access to accomplished experts and fellow innovators. Teams have the chance to win more than $150,000 in cash prizes and vital resources to catalyze and grow their business. Buckle up! The final destination for this adventure is a successfully profitable business that impacts the world.

The program, underwritten by an anonymous gift to Baylor University and the Hankamer School of Business, provides students with an immersive and transformative adventure.

Since 2012, over 600 student entrepreneurs have applied and nearly $1 million in cash and prizes has been awarded. We are successful because hundreds of experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders and sponsors have supported this transformative encounter.

 

For more information, please visit the Baylor New Venture Competition websiteShould you choose to enter, please let Professor English know, as the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation can assist you in the process. Good luck!

Future Founders U.Pitch

Event: November 14, 2019

U.Pitch brings together the best students from a cross-section of universities in this ultimate national elevator pitch competition. In just 90 seconds, students compete for national recognition and a prize pool of $10,000. They also have the opportunity to showcase their idea or startup in front of hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and other students from the entrepreneurial community.

For more information, please visit the Future Founders U.Pitch Competition website. Should you choose to enter, please let Professor English know as the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation can assist you in the process. Good luck!

Duquesne University New Venture Challenge

Submission Deadline: October 21, 2019

The Duquesne University New Venture Challenge is a two-stage business plan competition open to anyone in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Entrants submit a short description of their business idea long with a two-minute video elevator pitch. $5K in cash prizes. Judges select finalists to compete for $25K in cash prizes.

For more information, please visit the Duquesne University New Venture Challenge website. Should you choose to enter, please let Professor English know as the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation can assist you in the process. Good luck!

Ocean Conference

 

Event: October 10 – 11

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Ocean Conference is a two-day event that helps equip entrepreneurs with designed learning experiences intended to incite brave action. Listen to national experts, participate in learning workshops, and compete in a $5K prize pitch contest. E+I will cover registration costs for students. Students are responsible for other expenses.

For more information, please visit the Ocean Conference website. Should you choose to attend, please let Professor English know as the Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation can assist you in the process. Good luck!

Looking Forward

Tulane Business Model

Date to Be Determined

The Tulane Business Model Competition (TBMC) focuses on identifying and defining assumptions about a new venture, testing those assumptions in the field, and altering (pivoting) the venture based on feedback. College entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a chance to win a share of a prize package worth over $40,000. 

The competition consists of three phases, with six teams advancing to the semifinal round, and three teams competing for cash prizes in the final round.

Check out the competition page for more information about the competition or to apply. 

Please contact Professor English before applying, [email protected].

Draper Competition for Collegiate Women

April 2-3, 2020

Application Deadline:  Feb. 15, 2020 

 

The Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is an on-ramp for undergraduate women seeking access to entrepreneurship opportunities, capital and networks.

On Friday, April 5, 2019, more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships will be awarded at the 2019 Draper Competition at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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 multiple rounds of competition, students demonstrate an understanding of a problem, why the problem requires a new venture to address it, and how their idea presents the best solution to the problem.The Draper Competition is hosted and organized by the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Smith College.  Check out the competition page for more information about the competition or to apply. Please contact Professor English before applying, [email protected]

e-Fest

Date to Be Determined

Undergraduates from around the country are again invited to compete for an appearance at e-Fest®–a 3-day celebration of undergraduate entrepreneurship culminating in the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge, where students have the chance to compete for over $250,000 in cash prizes.

For 2019 E-fest, students must form a team and choose an adviser. Student teams submit online between February 1st and Feb 22nd. Top 25 finalists are announced on March 15. Finals are April 11-13 in Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, please visit the EIX e-Fest® website and contact Prof. Yvonne English [email protected]

Highlight: 2017 e-Fest

Grove City College Entrepreneurship majors Hannah Vaccaro ’18 and Ross Harrington ’17 earned a spot as finalists with their pitch for PeeWee Packs, a toilet training aid, in the 2017 EIX e-Fest National Business Plan Competition.  Read the press release here.

 

TCU Neely Values and Ventures

Date to Be Determined

A unique annual competition for undergraduate students around the world to pitch plans for businesses, products or services that make a profit while also benefiting the environment, the community or a specific population. Presented by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX.

Unique Mission 

The Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Business Plan Competition stands out from other business plan competitions by focusing on for-profit enterprises that specifically impact society in meaningful ways. Plans must demonstrate a societal or environmental need to be filled, as well as the profitability of the business. Check out the TCU Neely Website for more information.

Values-Centered Enterprise Concepts 

A values-centered enterprise assures sustainable prosperity while also supporting the needs of company owners and shareholders, employees and their families, suppliers, customers, communities and the environment. Concepts submitted for this competition should seek to contribute to the health and well-being of specific internal or external stakeholders through its proposed products, services and profits. Examples could include contributions to sustainability, innovations in the health and life sciences, innovations in energy or opportunities for under-represented groups in business.

Prizes

Huge cash prizes are up for grabs from a $40,000 grand prize, to $250 honorable mentions.