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Business Plan Competition Worldwide

Listed below are some of the well known competitions.

  • Asian MOOT Corp
    Competition between the graduate business programs in Asia. The winner of the Moot Corp competition at the University of Texas represents the United States at this event.
  • Babson College Business Plan Competition
    Separate undergraduate and graduate student events.
  • Bioscience Business Plan Competition
    Open to academics, postdoctoral scientists and PhD students in all UK Universities and BBSRC-sponsored research institutes.
  • Booz & Company Social Enterprise
    The Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) Social Venture Challenge is a competition in which MBA students work in teams to develop business plans for organizations to start new businesses to fulfill the entrepreneurial aspirations of their members. Students may write a business plan for their own social venture. The competition is a partnership of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH). It is the first social entrepreneurship competition for graduate business schools in Asia.
  • Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Competition
    All Purdue students are eligible to participate in the event. Non-students -- such as students from other colleges, Purdue alumni and local residents -- can also be team members, but Purdue students must make the final presentations to the judges.
  • The Duke Start-up Challenge
    Each team must include one full-time student in any program at Duke.
  • First Capital Challenge
    $50,000 competition for the best plan to start a high-potential business in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Open to anyone, anywhere.
  • GSAS Harvard Biotechnology Club Business Plan Competition
    Open to entrepreneurs, students and professionals worldwide, and does not require Harvard University affiliation. The competition offers a $5,000 cash award for the first prize, a $1,000 cash award for second prize and an opportunity for early stage biotechnology companies to have their business plans reviewed by seasoned venture capitalists focused on this industry and other biotechnology experts in the Boston area.
  • Global Social Venture Competition
    Students must create business plans that demonstrate both economic and social value. Each team must have an actively involved, current MBA student from any business school in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest
    Any person or group that has a business concept focused in or based on technology (such as an e-commerce platform, a life sciences application or advanced manufacturing breakthrough) can compete in the business plan competition. Each team must include at least one member who resides, works, or attends school in Michigan.
  • Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition
    Every team must have a minimum of one Harvard Business School second year student.
  • LES Competition
    The LES Foundation in cooperation with The Licensing Executives Society (USA and Canada), Inc., and The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), invite MS/MBA/JD/PhD/MD students from around the world to participate in the 2010 LES Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition!
  • The Marriott School Business Plan Competition
    Open to Brigham Young University students.
  • Maximum Exposure Business Plan Competition
    Participating teams must consist of at least one current New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business MBA student. The competition is also known as the Stern $50K Plus.
  • Melbourne University Entrepreneurs' Challenge
    Open to all members of the Melbourne University community. One team member must be a student of the university.
  • Queen Entrepreneurs Competition
    Founded in 1987, The Queen's Entrepreneurs' Competition is of the leading undergraduate business plan competition in Canada with awards totally to $25 000, the largest prize giveaway of any competition of its type in the country.
  • The MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
    All full-time and part-time MIT students at all levels of education and from any department, registered with MIT for the current semester, are eligible to enter.
  • New Venture Challenge
    Each team is required to have at least one student from the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago. This includes campus, part-time, evening, or weekend students.
  • New Venture Champion
    Interuniversity competition sponsored by the University of Oregon.
  • Oxford University Business Plan Competition
    Open to anyone with an imaginative idea for creating a new business. Located in Oxford, England.
  • Palo Alto Software Business Planning Competition
    Contestants must submit plans that are for a new business that has been running less than one year, or for an expansion of an existing business. All plans must be in Business Plan Pro format.
  • Rice University Business Plan Competition
    Hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, the Rice University Business Plan competition is open to graduate student teams from all universities who are interested in funding their company.
  • Syracuse Business Plan Competition
    Open to all graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at Syracuse University. Students must have been enrolled during at least one semester of the current academic year. Over $40,000 in prizes awarded to top three teams. Help sessions available to teams through the Business Plan Laboratory. Intents to compete can be submitted on-line.
  • Tech Valley Collegiate Business Plan Competition
    Open to all full-time registered students in a college or university located within the 19 county Tech Valley region. Cash and prizes total $50K.
  • The SkiView Business Plans Competition
    An in-house competition for students from the University of Arizona enrolled in the Berger Entrepreneurship Program.
  • The Venture Labs Investment Competition
    One of the original competitions. MBAs from business schools around the globe come to The University of Texas at Austin each year to present their business plans to panels of investors.UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition
    A self-funded, student-run competition open to ventures run by UC Berkeley students and alumni.
  • UMass Lowell $10K Business Plan Competition
    Open to all current UML registered students and alumni within one year of their graduation.
  • University of San Francisco International Business Plan Competition
    The competition is open to graduate students from all universities and features a Judging Panel of Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists and $25,000 in cash prizes.
  • University of Washington Business Plan Competition
    Open to students who are enrolled in degree-seeking programs at: Washington State University, Seattle Pacific University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, and the University of Washington.
  • V.Dale Cozad Business Plan Contest
    Open to all persons eighteen years and older. Additionally, at least one member of each team must be a full-time student of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and be in good standing during the duration of the Competition.
  • Venture Adventure
    An undergraduate business plan competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial & Family Enterprises at Colorado State University.
  • Venture Challenge
    San Diego State University Business Plan Competition, open to all students currently enrolled or enrolled during the calendar year prior to the competition.
  • Wharton Business Plan Competition
    Any student(s) in any School of the University of Pennsylvania are eligible to participate as individuals or on teams. At least one member of each team must be an active student at the University of Pennsylvania (graduate or undergraduate). Partnerships between students and non-students are eligible.
  • WPI Venture Forum Business Plan Contest
    To be eligible, Business Plans must involve technology-based ventures and describe the development of a new product, a new application or process in an existing business, or the start-up of a new business.
  • Y50K Yale Entrepreneurship Competition
    A university-wide business plan competition that provides start-up funding, as well as educational, networking and mentoring opportunities, to Yale entrepreneurs.
  • YDC E-Challenge
    YDC organizes E-Challenge, a business plan competition for all students and affiliates of local Universities, as part of its continuous efforts to promote and develop Hong Kong's talents in a rapidly evolving technology and knowledge based society.

* List is adapted from