Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013-2014 Competitions


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.


 

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Rice Business Plan Competition Invites Graduate Students to Compete!

Get in it to Win It!
On April 10-12, 2014, 42 top university teams from around the world will compete in front of over 250 judges for more than $1 million in prizes.   On April 12, 2014, we will crown the 2014 World Champion of the Rice Business Plan Competition, the richest and largest intercollegiate student startup competition in the world.

Deadline to apply isFriday, February 21, 2014at Midnight CST.  The Rice Business Plan Competition is open to all currently enrolled university students from around the world who are seeking funding for their new venture. Simply submit your startup company's executive summary to apply.   Forty-two finalist teams will be invited to compete in person at Rice University in Houston, Texas on April 10-12, 2014.Apply Today!!


Will You Be Here?
Since 2001, more than 138 teams have successfully launched their companies after competing at the Rice Business Plan Competition and are still in business today, raising more than $600 million in funding. Read theirSuccess Stories.  The Rice Business Plan Competition is for teams who are seeking to launch their new ventures and can benefit from funding, coaching, mentoring, and connections with more than 250 venture capitalists, angel investors, and other entrepreneurial leaders.

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Please note that each team must meet these requirements in order to compete.


2014 RBPC Important Dates

Applications/Executive Summaries Due   Friday, February 21, 2014, Midnight CST
2013 RBPC Finalist Teams Announced   Monday, March 10, 2014
Finalist Teams Commit to Compete Due   Thursday, March 13, 2014, noon CDT
Finalist Teams Business Plans Due   Monday, March 17, 2014, noon CDT
2013 Rice Business Plan Competition   April 10-12, 2014



 

SCEO  110 Logo 2010 11Business Plan Competition-Open to Graduate and Undergraduate SCU Students!

Thursday, January 30, 6 pm
Kennedy Commons

$3,500 in Prize Money and Refreshments sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The annual SCEO Business Plan Competition is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 6-9 pm, in Kennedy Commons.  Share your game-changing business plan and prepare a team presentation (team comprised of 2-5 people).     Prizes will be awarded as follows:
$1,000 Grand Prize
$500 Second Place
$250 Third Place
BONUS Prizes:  Engineering/Senior Design Project Prizes
$1,000 Grand Prize
$500 Second Place
$250 Third Place

That's right, TWO sets of prizes!  Presentations may be up to 10 minutes, with a 5 minute Q&A.  Judges will be scoring based on the following criteria:
  • Is the business fundable?
  • Quality of the product(s), service(s), and/or solution(s)
  • Market opportunities and competition
  • Team qualifications
  • Overall attractiveness of the venture
In addition, please note:
  • Register online(link is to a Wufoo form) before midnight Monday, January 27
  • All teams must include current students-alumni are welcome; however, each team must have a current student in good standing.
  • Proposed business should be fundable
  • Proposed business plan should not be in violation of any IP rights
  • Teams or team members who have received any form of VC financing are not eligible
  • The registration form includes an upload of your executive summary, 5 page (or more)plan, and team resumes
Don't wait,register your team of 2-5 peoplebefore midnight on Monday, January 27!  We see a lot of student business plans here in the CIE, so we know that there are so many of you are ready to compete-Good Luck!  

Spectators are WELCOME!  Stop by for some free food and beverages and watch the excitement!  




 

SDSU LogoSDSU LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition Open to Students from California Universities

San Diego State University invites students to enter a team for their inaugural LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition, open to students from top California and Baja California Universities.  This competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Management Center at SDSU, is designed to assista nd reward student-based startups and provide them with an opportunity to pitch to potential investors and compete for over $25,000 in awards.  A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, and C-level executives will judge the pitch and critical elements of the startups LeanModel™

Event: March 6 & 7, 2014
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 lies within this framework:

  • Value proposition from customers' point of view
  • Exact customer definition by target segment
  • Product/service definition and composition
  • Identification of business process
    • Inside the company
    • Outside the company (i.e. key partners, etc.)
  • Competitive marketplace landscape
  • "Revenue fast" principle to fund operations of a lean startup
  • Management Mentality: evolve, pivot, evolve, pivot, evolve

Unlike most other business competitions that revolve around the creation of a hypothetical business plan, LeanModel is focused on the creation of a startup company, the path to a quick prototype and the critical strategy and learnings of the framework listed above which reveals the ways in which the student startup has actually utilized customer feedback in order to evolve and pivot their company's strategy.

Further rules and deadline information will be availabile within the next 30 days-why not start thinking about your plan of action today.


 

2012-2013 Competitions


Below are a sampling of a few competitions in which SCU students have been invited to participate.
 

SDSU LogoSDSU LeanModel™
Start-Up Competition Open to Students
from California Universities

San Diego State University invites students to enter a team for their inaugural LeanModel™ Start-Up Competition, open to students from top California and Baja California Universities.  This competition, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Management Center at SDSU, is designed to assist and reward student-based startups and provide them with an opportunity to pitch to potential investors and compete for over $25,000 in awards.  A distinguished panel of entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, and C-level executives will judge the pitch and critical elements of the startups LeanModel™

Event: March 14-15, 2013
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 lies within this framework:

  • Value proposition from customers' point of view
  • Exact customer definition by target segment
  • Product/service definition and composition
  • Identification of business process
    • Inside the company
    • Outside the company (i.e. key partners, etc.)
  • Competitive marketplace landscape
  • "Revenue fast" principle to fund operations of a lean startup
  • Management Mentality: evolve, pivot, evolve, pivot, evolve

Unlike most other business competitions that revolve around the creation of a hypothetical business plan, LeanModel is focused on the creation of a startup company, the path to a quick prototype and the critical strategy and learnings of the framework listed above which reveals the ways in which the student startup has actually utilized customer feedback in order to evolve and pivot their company's strategy.

Further rules and deadline information will be availabile within the next 30 days-why not start thinking about your plan of action today.

*Update*
Registration is now open! Timeline:

January 31, 2013: Register before 11:59 pm to compete

February 15, 2013: Multi-media models due by 11:59 pm

March 14, 2013: Alumni Center Presentations

March 15, 2013: Semi Finals & Finals

Click here for a competition timeline guide.

 

John F. Kennedy University Invites SCU to Compete
Emerging Entrepreneurs Business Competition

To celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship among those starting a business in the Bay Area, the Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership at JFK University is hosting an Emerging Entrepreneurs Business Competition.  

Applications submitted by February 11, 2013, will be considered for prizes to be presented at the semi-final event in April and the final award luncheon on May 17, 2013.  For completion information, see "Emerging Entrepreneurs Business Competition."

To participate, you must be enrolled as a student in an academic institution in the Bay Area, be hosted by an incubator or business accelerator, or have individually launched your for-profit business within the past 18 months.  There is no fee to enter.  Applications must be submitted in pdf form to iel@jfku.edu - please visit JFK U's application page for full details on what to include. 

Mentorship is integral to the IEL program. Students have the opportunity to work with and learn from successful entrepreneurs, angel investors, and top level executives who have grown and run billion dollar companies. They also enjoy access to resources and capital and a wide array of networking opportunities.

 

 

Call_For_Solutions_Banner_10_Dec copy_0Sustainable Silicon Valley Invites SCU to Compete in 
their Call for Solutions Showcase of Solutions 
for Planetary Sustainability

Do you have an impactful idea or a proposed solution that will help achieve economic and environment resilience?  If YES, consider participating in Sustainable Silicon Valley's Call for Solution Competition.  Submit your ideas now through January 15, 2013.

Call for Solutions is a competition that aims to recognize innovative and ambitious solutions and create ecosystems of sulutions that address long-term sustainability challenges being faced by our planet.  Call for Solutions is an opportunity to showcase creative solutions that advance global sustainability and to network with angel investors and VCs who are looking for interesting investment opportunities in this sector as well as business and sustainability leaders who have put into practice game changing solutions in areas such as water, transportation, fuel, materials, energy, policies, communication and social change.

Finalists will be selected January 16-February 22, with the announcement of finalists on March 7, 2013, and the competition will be on May 23 at the NASA Ames Research Center.  Enter before January 15!

Solutions should:

  • Exhibit clarity of solution design, be game-changing, implementable and scalable
  • Be part of an integrated strategy dealing with key social, economic, environmental policy and cultural issues
  • Be bold, visionary and tangible, focusing on a well-defined need of critical importance
  • Be regionally specific yet globally applicable, and backed up by a solid plan and the capability to move the solution forward.

There are awards for many categories, visit Sustainable Silicon Valley for more information. 

Click here to Enter.

 

 

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Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship
Invites SCU Graduate Students to Compete

Forty-two teams will be invited to compete in the 2013 RBPC at Rice University. Teams will compete for an expected $1 million + in prizes, including $900,000 in investment offers, over $500,000 in other cash prizes.Teams will have the opportunity to meet and network with over 250 venture capital principals, early stage investors, and successful entrepreneurs who will serve as judges for the competition.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Qualification to participate in the RBPC is determined by the criteria outlined in the Executive Summary section and by meeting the deadlines below.  Teams should include at least 2 students and NOT exceed 5 students-this is a competition for graduate students and at least ONE student must be a graduate student and a member of the venture's startup management team.  Please read the full eligibility requirements.

How to Enter

Prior to submitting your application, please review eligibility requirements and submission guidelines
. The RBPC uses the iStart platform to manage applications. To enter, a designated team leader should complete the online enrollment form by clicking the "APPLY NOW!" button above.There are 3 steps to complete your application:   Team Leader:1)creates an individual account  2)Submits the business  3)Apply to the RBPC by answering the questions listed, and uploading the venture Executive Summary and OPTIONAL,but highly encouraged Video Pitch.  All 3 steps must be completed no later than 5:00 PM CST Monday, February 18, 2013.Teams may make changes to the application until the deadline.  The system will close at 5:00 PM CST, and no applications can be submitted after that deadline, partial applications will not be accepted, so please plan accordingly.

Note:
Schools may submit an unlimited number of entries, buttypically only 1-2 teams per school will be invited to compete. (Exceptions to this guideline may be made on a case-by-case basis.) In the case of multiple entries from the same university, RBPC will choose the team(s) to represent that university at the Competition.Competition Dates:

Applications Accepted through Monday, February 18, 5 pm, CST (application and executive summary due)
Finalist Teams Announced:  March 11, 2013
Finalist Teams Commit to Compete by March 15
Finalist Teams Business Plans Due: March 18
2013 Rice Business Plan Competition: April 11-13, 2013 (Houston, TX)

 

Madrona League BPC Madrona League Business Plan Competition Invites SCU to Compete

The Madrona League Business Plan Competition fosters disruptive innovators to change business for good.  The competition emphasizes all bottom lines: profit, people, planet and purpose, creating business leaders that understand how resilient sustainable businesses are founded, nurtured and grown.  This competition is co-presented by the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and Presidio Graduate School. 

Competition Deadlines:

Round 1:  Application
2/24/13-Deadline for Teams to Apply
3/11/13-Advancing 16 teams announced

Round 2: Sweet 16
3/11-Coaching & pitch clinics (clinics are virtual and recoreded)
4/3-Video pitch due
4/10-Final 6 Teams Announced

Round 3: Super 6
4/28-Final 6 teams submit plans
5/3-Final 6 teams present at final competition and attend awards banquet in San Franscisco

Eligibility & Competition Rules:

  1. Team participants must be enrolled in an accredited MBA, MPA, or MPP program
  2. Business plans must project gross revenues of at least $10MM in the 5th year of operation
  3. Venture should be a for-profit business domiciled in the US
  4. Venture should plan on seeking funding from strategic partners, traditional banking lenders, angel investors or venture capital investors.  It should NOT be targeting philanthropic donors or government grants.

In addition:

  1. Minimumn of 2 and maximum of 4 members on each team.
  2. Team members may be enrolled in different schools, as long as both have accredited programs
  3. A student may compete on only one team
  4. Each team may submit one entry.

Interested?  Learn More on the Madrona League 2013 Business Plan Competition Page--Good Luck!

 

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University of Colorado Colorado Springs 2012 UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs invites undergraduate and graduate students to compete in the 2012 UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition.  This competition is open to student teams that are developing ventures in the sports/outdoors industries.  All entries must be business plans for scalable ventures in at least one of the following categories:

  • Sports equipment
  • Sports apparel
  • Outdoor equipment
  • Camping, fishing, hunting gear, apparel, services
  • Fitness and nutritional products/services
  • Sports performance products/services/technologies
  • Anti-doping detection and preventative products/services
  • Fitness gear
  • Fitness apparel
  • Fantasy sports
  • Sports related statistical/analytical services
  • Sports/outdoors/fitness related social media
  • Sports/outdoors/fitness related media
  • Online fitness communities and services
  • Wellness products, services, technologies
  • Sports/outdoors/fitness related web sites, social media, gaming

Teams must be comprised such that at least 50% of the principals are currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of application.  For the full official rules, please click here.  The finals for this competition will be held on Thursday, October 25, and Friday, October 26, with the winners announced at an awards banquet Friday, October 26.  All events will be held at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 

Cash awards will be presented as follows:  $20,000-First Place, $10,000-Second Place, $3,500-Third Place, and $1,500-Fourth Place.

All business plan submissions must include:

  • Executive Summary
  • Product/Service Description
  • Market Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Founding Team & Other Stakeholders
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Financial Projections (minimum 3 years)

All entries must be submitted via the competition website at Gust.com by September 17, 2012.  The official site for this competition is: 

https://gust.com/business-plan-competition/uccs/apply

Good Luck, Broncos!

 

2011-2012 Competitions


Below are a sampling of a few competitions in which SCU students have been invited to participate.
 

Graduate Business Plan Competitions:  VCIC®

Santa Clara University hosts the Silicon Valley Regional of the Venture Capital Investment Competition, the nation's premiere strategy competition for venture-minded and entrepreneurial MBA students.

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The 2012 Silicon Valley Regional of this international competition will be held in Lucas Hall on February 10, 2012. Competing in this regional leg of the competition will be UC Berkeley, Brigham Young, Texas USC, USF and Washington State. 

The Santa Clara University team who wins the opportunity to compete in this competition will do so in the West Regional portion of the tour on March 2 at USC.  An internal VCIC competition to determine the competing SCU team will be held by the Entrepreneurs Connection on November 12.  For more information on how to participate or volunteer,

visit the SCU EC VCIC Facebook Page.

**UPDATE** Click here to see the Event Recap Page

 

 


 

 

Venture Challenge 2012

On behalf of the Entrepreneurial Management Center at San Diego State University (SDSU), I would like to remind you of the dates and deadlines for the 23rd Annual Venture Challenge taking place March 15-17, 2012. We are looking forward to hosting 25 top caliber teams from universities across the globe. In preparation for the competition, all interested teams must consult with their advisors and submit an intent to compete form.

Teams will be judged based on submitted executive summaries and business plans, as well as showcase exhibits and presentations during Semi-Finalist, WildCard and Finalist rounds. A distinguished panel of expert entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors, CEOs and service providers judge the business plans and presentations over the three-day competition and provide valuable feedback to the teams. The competition is designed for student created, managed, and owned ventures and each team must include at least one currently enrolled graduate student from the university. Please see our website for more details and a complete list of rules.

Competition Deadlines

  • November 18, 2011: Auto Berth Intent to Compete Entries Due
  • December 2, 2011: Open Berth Intent to Compete Entries Due
  • December 2, 2011: Business Plan Executive Summaries Due
  • December 16, 2011: Semi-Finalist Teams are announced
  • February 10, 2012: All Final Business Plans Due
  • March 15-17, 2012: Venture Challenge Competition
*Once Semi-Finalists are selected, additional deadlines will be submitted to those teams.

We are very excited to be hosting Venture Challenge 2012 on the SDSU campus. We look forward to receiving your university’s intent to compete form and beginning the competition process. If you have any questions, please contact me at jnoyes@emc.sdsu.edu or (619) 594-2781.

 
 

2010-11 Competitions


Below are a sampling of a few competitions in which SCU students have been invited to participate.
 

Dell Competition

Dell Social Innovation Competition (February-May, 2011)

The CIE is pleased to share the following competition information:  The Dell Social Innovation Competition, a three-round elimination competition.  Dell and the University of Texas at Austin invites University students (undergraduate and graduate students) worldwide to enter the competition for a chance to win a $50,000 prize to help put your plan into action.  

Round 1:  Deadline is February 14, 2011, 5 pm CST

Idea Submission:  Students from any college or university in the world are invited to enter their ideas to change the world.  When you enter, the title and description of the idea is viewable by the public.  Students and the general public can read the ideas and vote for their favorites.  A panel of judges will select up to 90 semifinalist entries to move on to the second round of competition.  Up to 10 ideas with the most votes will move forward as semifinalists.  

Voting ends February 18, 2011, 5 pm CST, Semifinalists announced March 1, 2011

Round 2 Deadline will then be April 1, at 5 pm 

At this point, semifinalists will create a written plan detailing the social venture and record a 3-minute video pitch.  The social venture plans are judged by leaders of academia, business, government and the nonprofit sector to select three finalist teams.   Voting will end April 14, 5 pm CST with the finalists announced April 15, 2011.

Round 3 Final Event:  May, 2011

Final Presentations and Awards:  The three finalist teams representing universities worldwide fly to Texas to pitch their ideas live in front of a panel of expert judges, who will deliberate and award the grand prize at the reception following the presentation.  The competition covers travel expenses for two members of each finalist team to visit The University of Texas at Austin for the final round of competition.

For more information or if you're ready to enter your idea now, visit www.dellsocialinnovation.com

Let's go Broncos!   

 

 

 

Evansville New Venture Creation Competition

Sponsored by the University of Evansville
Friday, March 25, 2011

A global business competition
for undergraduate students hosted
by the University of Evansville
The Evansville New Venture Creation Competition
helps student teams fund and start new business ventures.
The teams present their ideas to a board of
investors who evaluate the merits of the plans. Each
team should demonstrate the characteristics that will
make its business successful as well as demonstrate its
need for funding.

Register now at business.evansville.edu/venturecreation

Eligibility
The teams must consist of undergraduate students
currently enrolled in a college or university, and they
must have faculty supervision. The competition is only
open to student teams with businesses that have been
in existence for less than 18 months or businesses still
in the development stage. Previous winners are not eligible
to enter. All presentations and business plans
must be the original work of the student teams. This
competition is open to universities outside the U.S.

Judging
The competition judging is based on the quality of the
business plan and the presentation. Student teams are
also judged on the feasibility of the business. Winners
are required to provide an accounting of their progress
to the ENVCC committee.
Prizes (start-up capital)
1st Place $10,000
2nd Place $2,500
3rd Place $1,000

Competition Schedule
Friday, January 21 – Online Registration Due
Friday, January 28 – Electronic Business Plan Due
Friday, February 18 – Announcement of Teams
Friday, March 4 – Business Plans Due (hard copy)
Friday, March 18 – PowerPoint Presentations Due
Friday, March 25 – Competition

See brochure for more details or email NewVenture@evansville.edu



 
Global Social Venture Competition

Invitation from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business

Calling all Entrepreneurs!

The Global Social Venture Competition is the world’s preeminent social business plan competition providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world impact.  Its mission is to catalyze new sustainable ventures that address significant social issues, build awareness of the social entrepreneurship field and educate future leaders.  Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.

Every year more than 500 entrant teams from around the world compete for $45,000 in prizes while gaining valuable professional feedback on their businesses. Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded over half a million dollars to promising social enterprises and introduced early-stage entrepreneurs to the venture capital community, creating a new generation of sustainable social ventures including Husk Power, Revolution Foods and d.light design.

Enter the Competition

Start planning your entry to this year's competition. Find the entry deadlines below.  See the GSVC calendar for more information.
December 27, 2011 Asia Region

Business Plan Deadline
Indian School of Business


January 15, 2011 SE Asia

Executive Summary Deadline
Thammasat University


January 19, 2011 US, Europe (non-French speaking), Africa and South America

Executive Summary Deadline
Columbia, Haas and London Business School

News Updates

Entrant Requirements

  • Every team must include at least one member who is a current student in ANY graduate business program or who has graduated from any graduate business program within the past 24 months.
  • Operating companies are welcome to enter, though they must be less than 3 years old (as measured by first revenue or first patent issued).
  • Plan can be for a for-profit or non-profit as long as either can be financially self-sustaining at scale.
  • Entrants chosen to go on to the semifinals round will need to submit a business plan, including financial and social impact assessments
  • For more details, visit gsvc.org

GSVC Regional Partner Schools

  • Columbia Business School
  • London Business School
  • Indian School of Business
  • ESSEC Business School (France)
  • Thammasat Business School (Thailand)
  • Social Enterprise Network (South Korea)
GSVC also has several Outreach Partners – for a complete list, visit: GSVC Outreach Partners 

Find a Team

If you are interested in the competition and need to assemble or join a team review the information in the West Coast Regional Team Matching List.

Additional Key Dates       

January 19, 2011* Executive Summaries Due
Feb/March 2011** Full Business Plans Due
March 2011** Regional Semi Finals
March 23, 2011 Global Final Business Plans Due
April 7-9, 2011 Global Finals & Conference

*The January 19th submission deadline is for entrants from the US, Europe (non-French speaking), Africa and South America.  Entrants from Asia should apply to the Asia Regional Round at the Indian School of Business or the SE Asia Round at Thammasat Business School in Thailand.  If you wish to submit a plan in French, enter via the ESSEC Business School Regional Roundin France.  

**Final Business Plan Submission and Regional Semi-Final dates vary by Partner School and Region. 

See GSVC calendarfor more information.
 

Plug and Play University Expo-October 1, 2010, 2-7 pm

Elevator Pitch (3 minute presentation, 2 minute Q&A), FREE to apply and FREE to present if selected.  Click here for more info including a link to the pdf flyer.

 

Have a Competition to Share?

If you would like to ivite Santa Clara University students to participate in your elevator pitch or business plan competition, please send pertinent event details to the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at
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