Business Plan competitions allow students to gain experience in not only as competitors for a prize, but also in working together as a team, public speaking, strategy, planning ahead and making contacts.
In addition, the CIE provides information, coaching and advice to students enrolled in the Graduate Entrepreneurship Program on both regional competitions and national competitions and also works with the EC on other student-run competitions and team prep.
Korean Government Agency Non-Profit Invites SCU Students To Pitch in KOTRA's UniKamp Incubator
Application Deadline is November 4
An Invitation from UniKamp:
Friday, November 14
Mountain View (Location TBD)
Are YOU in a hot STARTUP?
Come pitch with the best of 'em at UniKamp Pitch Night - a showcase of the top university student startups from the Bay Area.
We're inviting the brightest student startups across Silicon Valley to pitch, engage and demonstrate what's they've got. There's $2000 in prize money and you'll have the opportunity to pitch to high-profile judges like Christine Tsai from 500 Startups.
UniKamp Pitch Night is organised by KOTRA Silicon Valley, a non-profit Korean government organization, but the event itself is open to any and all startups - Koreans and non-Koreans alike - who want to strut their stuff! We are concentrating, however, on inviting the most promising university student startups. Do you think you're the next Zuckerberg? Show us!
It'll be held onFriday, November 14th, 2 pm
to 5 pm in in Mountain View. You can check out the complete details at www.unikampkotra.org
Note from the CIE: As taken from the UniKamp Website, the pitch format will be 12 teams, 4 minute pitches followed by 3 minutes of Q&A with 2 minutes of non-rebuttal feedback.
SDSU LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition Open to Students from California Universities-Registration Deadline November 4, 11:59 pm
San Diego State University invites students to enter a team for their third annual LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition, open to students from four-year universities globally, Executive MBA students are also eligible. This competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Management Center at SDSU, is not a traditional business plan competition and is designed to assist and reward student based start-ups that utilize the business model canvas.
In the true world of the entrepreneurial start-up, it is not the business plan that leads to success. An oft-quoted term from venture capitalists is that, "As soon as the business plan is written, it is obsolete." We believe that early on, the start-up must move quickly to prototype and test their product or service and that customer interaction is critical. Too often, teams focus on writing a business plan and never actually interact with their target customers.
The LeanModel Competition rewards students for identifying and defining assumptions, testing those assumptions in the marketplace, and then pivoting their business model based on customer interactions. Unfamiliar with the business model canvas? Check out"Business Model Generation"by Alexander Osterwalder.
Event: March 6 & 7, 2015
Location: San Diego State University campus
Team Information: Enrolled students at a four-year California (including Baja California) universities, freshman to PhD and a team cannot exceed five members. Full Eligibility Rules Here
The LeanModel™ Competition is for student-created, -managed and-owned startups. Teams must represent new, independent ventures in the seed, startup or early-stage process. All ventures must be seeking outside equity capital. Students are to have played a major role in conceiving the venture, to have key management roles and to own significant equity.
For more information, or to register, please visit the SDSU Lean Model Competition website--good luck!
Calling All College Student Startups! Applications Now Accepted for Student Startup Madness 2014-15 Seeking the Best College Digital Media Startup (Nationwide Tournament
Online applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Student Startup Madness, a fun and exciting nationwide tournament offering college student startups the opportunity to "live the entrepreneurial dream": compete against fellow student entrepreneurs, and grab the attention of potential investors and leaders in the startup community at the South By Southwest Interactive festival in March 2015.
Student Startup Madness (SSM) is open to all college student digital media startups from any college/university in the United States. To apply, go to http://studentstartupmadness.com/apply-now/
. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 5, 2014
Teams are encouraged to apply for "Early Admission" by Friday, Oct 10, 2013, when 20 of the 64 SSM starting field of tournament teams will be selected. The benefits of early admission include less competition for the 20 "early admission" spots and more time for student teams to plan ahead and prepare their pitch materials, if they are selected for the semi-finals. Early application will also afford the SSM Selection Committee more opportunity to consider applications versus those that are submitted close to the Dec. 5 final application deadline.
Each round of the nationwide tournament will build momentum, awareness and social media buzz, drawing attention to colleges and universities as sources for innovation, entrepreneurship and talent while showcasing university entrepreneurship and encouraging college students to start businesses. From all online applications, 64 teams will be chosen by the SSM Selection Committee for the first round of competition, which will take place online in the Gust.com platform. From the 64 first-round competitors, half (32 teams) will advance to the semi-final regionals round. From the regionals will emerge the "Entrepreneurial Eight," the top eight student teams that will be invited to pitch to a celebrity panel of well-known entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and investors at the Student Startup Madnessnational finals at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March 2015.
About Student Startup Madness:
The Student Startup Madness concept was developed by Sean Branagan, director of the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, in conjunction with SXSW. Student Startup Madness, along with its sponsors and host universities, believes in American entrepreneurship and on-campus startups—and wants to help young student entrepreneurs succeed and become a part of the SXSW experience.
SVForum Startup Expo 2014 - Apply now!
Location announced soon!
November 18th, 2014
1:00 — 6:30 pm
Silicon Valley, California
Polish your pitches - Startup Expo is approaching! A selected group of tech startups will have the opportunity to showcase their product to respected investors, VCs, Corporate Venture and Angels. A distinguished panel of Silicon Valley investors, experts and thought leaders will also give their insights on the future of investing and what to expect when pitching to them. Startup Expo is in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week. This event is by-invitation-only! Tickets will be limited to participating startups and invited investors only. If you'd like to request an invitation, please email Sepideh Nasiri.
- We’re tech agnostic, but we do require that you have a tech company with great growth potential
- You have a verified product/solution, and it is live (beta is okay)
- Your startup is actively seeking funding
- Your company is incorporated
- You've assembled a team