Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) is a growing network of young leaders, change-makers, and entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions to pressing problems in their communities and around the world. Every year, selected students from around the world with viable “Commitments to Action” are invited to attend a three-day meeting filled with entrepreneurial skill-building sessions featuring leaders from government, industry, the private sector, entertainment, and civil society. Rutgers Honors College administers CGIU. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rutgers Business School Competitions
Rutgers Annual Business Plan Competition encourages student entrepreneurs and supports the growth of jobs in New Jersey. While open to current Rutgers University students, leadership roles in the business venture must be filled by one of the three eligible categories: Rutgers Business School senior undergraduate students, current MBA students, recent graduates, and recent MBA alumni. The Sales Executives Club of Northern New Jersey Foundation supports the competition and provides total cash prizes of close to $50k. Judges are selected from Rutgers Business School MBA Alumni who have entrepreneurial endeavors.
MBA students are also eligible to compete in the Biopharma MBA Case Competition.
Venture Well E-Team Program funds and trains student inventors and entrepreneurs who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures. The E-Team Program provides funding, immersive workshops, and specialized coaching to student STEM innovators to help them move their inventions into the marketplace. The program and eligibility guidelines are available here. Note: Rutgers New Brunswick is a Venture Well member.
Competitions outside of Rutgers
► UPitchNJ – This Statewide Business Plan Competition is held every spring at a different New Jersey University. Information is available at UPitchNJ.org. The event includes a pitch competition, demo stations and a keynote address. Rutgers Team Aersys, placed second in 2018 and Pedul.org (principals Kayla Michele Jackson and Chisa Egbelu) won first prize in UPitch NJ 2017.
► Collegiate Inventors Competition – The National Inventors Hall of Fame’s Collegiate Inventors Competition is an annual event that rewards innovations, discoveries, and cutting-edge research by college students and their faculty advisers. Finalists will showcase their inventions and interact with thousands of attendees, including USPTO examiners, event sponsors, media and the public, at the November Collegiate Inventors Competition Expo & Awards at the USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Va.For eligibility requirements and to submit an entry, Prizes will be awarded to the top three Finalist teams ($10,000, $5,000 and $2,500), along with their advisers, in the undergraduate and graduate divisions. visit http://www.invent.org/challenge/application-process/. –
►Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs This annual competition for undergraduates is hosted and organized by the Center for Women and Financial Independence, Smith College’s initiative devoted to the support of innovation and entrepreneurship. The competition is designed to give undergraduate entrepreneurs an experience that will help them hone their business plans and elevator pitches and over $25,000 in cash and prizes is awarded. **No school affiliation information should be included in the executive summary. Visit the event website for details and eligibility guidelines.
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.
TCU Values and Ventures Competition dates to remember:
- October 15, 2018 – Intent to Compete Opens
- February 27, 2019 – Deadline for Application
- March 1, 2019 – Schools selected to compete notified
- March 26, 2019 – Business Plan (Deadline for Submission)
- April 5-6, 2019 – Competition on TCU Campus
Grand Prize – $25,000; Second Place – $15,000; Third Place – $10,000; Founders Award – $5,000; Sly Innovation Award – $2,500
Honorable Mentions (6) – $2,500; Ripple Effect Award – $2,500; Elevator Pitch First Place – $1,250; Second – $750; Third – $500
Honorable Mentions (3) – $250
Additional Information.Questions? Contact Matt Smilor, Director, Values and Ventures Program, Neeley Entrepreneurship Center 817-257-6797
►Student Startup Madness, a national collegiate digital startup competition
Student Startup Madness (SSM) is a nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, culminating with the “Entrepreneurial Eight” national finals at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, Texas in March 2017.
Teams must have more than 30% of their founders enrolled in an accredited US college or university to be eligible and have a venture that qualifies as a “digital media” startup. In keeping with the SXSW Interactive focus, all teams should fall into at least one of the following categories: Web and Online Capabilities, Social Media, Digital Entertainment (film and music), Gaming, Software, Mobile Apps, News and Information Technologies, Health Informatics, and Innovative e-Commerce.
Applications are now open and I urge you to get your students to apply. Neighboring Seton Hall University had a winning team a few years back.
Visit https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1HsXPBb0oF1Yi1ZVGhZcEdWRlk to see a video from the organizer.
►The Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University’s internationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
This is the 16th year for the competition. In that time, it has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.5 million in cash and prizes.
Highlights of the Competition include:
- Real-world opportunities to learn what’s required to successfully launch a new business
- Chance to receive mentoring from investors and experienced entrepreneurs
- Scheduled opportunities to network with potential venture capitalists and other investors for three days
- High caliber of judges, all senior level investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders
- Opportunities to receive individual feedback during 3 separate sessions
- 2015: $1.5 Million + in prize money was awarded with all teams winning at least one cash award
Competition website Learn more and apply to compete at rbpc.rice.edu