McGinnis Venture Competition
March 22, 2022

The McGinnis Venture Competition, a platform exclusively for Carnegie Mellon University's community of student entrepreneurs, brings together Carnegie Mellon's best and brightest student entrepreneurs to compete for $60K in investments. All participants receive crucial interaction with alumni entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, an opportunity to raise capital and valuable feedback about ventures.

Location: Pittsburgh, Penn.

Deadline to Enter: Jan. 19, 2022



Rice Business Plan Competition
April 7-9, 2022

The 2022 Rice Business Plan Competition—the world’s largest and richest student startup competition—will be hosted in Houston at the Jones Graduate School of Business. 

Location: Houston, Texas

Deadline to Enter: Jan. 31, 2022


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Tulane Business Model Competition
In person or hybrid finals week of March 21

This student startup competition is open to teams that include at least one degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student in a leadership position from any college or university. The Tulane Business Model Competition seeks early-stage ventures that can demonstrate how they are adapting to their customers’ needs.

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Deadline to Enter: Jan. 31, 2022



Stu Clark New Venture Championships Graduate edition
March 11-12, 2022

The competition is for graduate students to gain real experience while developing and growing new ventures based on the student created, managed or owned ventures. Teams will also receive expertise and feedback from our leading industry expert judges including Stu Clark himself.

Throughout this 2-day competition teams will compete in an Elevator Pitch and Business Plan Presentation for and will evaluate the feasibility, market opportunity and business model of a new venture.

Location: Winnipeg, Canada

Deadline to Enter: Jan. 31, 2022


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Values & Ventures
Business Plan Competition
April 1-2, 2022

We invite undergraduate students from around the world to pitch ideas for conscious capitalism ventures that make a profit while also solving a problem. Recycling plants that employ the homeless. Better access to autism treatment. Human-powered farm machines. Real-time organ donor communication. Winners take home thousands of dollars to help make their ideas come true.

Location: Fort Worth, Texas

Deadline to Enter: Feb. 1, 2022



Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs
April 7-9

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

Location: Northampton, Mass.

Deadline to Enter: Feb. 4


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Pitch Dingman Competition
Semifinals: Feb. 24, 2022
Finals: April 26, 2022

Pitch Dingman Competition, the Dingman Center’s signature annual competition, provides the university’s most talented student entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for seed funding and exclusive access to venture development resources. 

Location: College Park, Maryland (University of Maryland)

Deadline to Enter: Feb. 4, 2022


New Venture Championships
April 29-30

Presented by the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business, the 31st New Venture Championship (NVC) is a business competition that inspires young entrepreneurs to develop their business dreams into a reality. Teams of graduate students from around the world join the event every year to pitch their business plans and compete for $50,000 in total cash awards.

Location: Portland, Ore.

Deadline to Enter: Feb. 7, 2022


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Collegiate Great Brands Competition
March 31, 2022

Student teams from across the country are invited to compete in the 2022 (in-person) Collegiate Great Brands Show. Bring your business for a chance to win $25,000.

Location: Athens, Georgia (University of Georgia)

Deadline to Enter: Feb. 28, 2022



VentureWell International

This program offers grant funding to support collaborative project opportunities for US-based BME design students and their counterparts across the BME-IDEA global network. This competition is seeking teams developing a novel, scalable engineering-based invention that addresses a critical social, environmental, or economic problem, including biomedical devices, health care diagnostic tools, and global health technologies to take part.

Location: Hadley, Massachusetts

Deadline to enter: May 11


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VentureWell DEBUT

DEBUT challenges teams of students in undergraduate biomedical education to solve real-world problems in healthcare. Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded.

Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities; the ability to manage the product development process; the ability to work effectively in teams; and technical communication skills.

Location: Hadley, Massachusetts

Deadline to enter: May 31
Winners Announced Aug. 22, Awards Ceremony Oct. 2022



U. Pitch
by Future Founders

A national elevator pitch competition where top collegiate founders showcase business ideas to accomplished entrepreneurs and investors.

Location: Chicago

Application Open: Summer 2022

Deadline to enter: TBD