The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation provides a number of opportunities for students interested in competitions and funding. Business competitions are a great way to validate ideas and raise seed funding for your startups.  There are a number of local, regional, and national competitions that students can enter on their own.  Our office will help you by getting you ready, and preparing you for the entire process of competing in business plan competitions.  Pre-Approved competitions are faculty led and require a pre-selection process through our office.  Listed below is a comprehensive list of local, regional, and national opportunities in which students are encouraged to participate.

 

Local & Regional


 

GVSU Idea Pitch
Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Competition: The final event will be held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 at 6:00pm in the Seidman Center Room 1008. Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please us at gvsuceoclub@gmail.com!

Grand Prize: $1,000

Notes: must be student led, no outside funding

Do you have a new product or business idea? Take your idea to the next level, make business connections and win cash; it just takes 90 seconds! Present your idea to a panel of West Michigan judges for a chance to win a big check. 

GVSU Idea Pitch Competition


The MWest Challenge

Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Application: Generally due in February 

Competition: Generally held the 3rd or 4th week of April

Notes: team must be comprised of students from a participating college, no revenue above $10,000

MWest Challenge, a student venture competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas. In addition to the $45,000+ in cash prizes, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors. 


Regional & National Competitions


Competition Name

Location

Application Deadline

*check website for further details

Prize

Website

5x5 Nights

Grand Rapids, MI

1 Week Prior

$5,000

5x5 Night

Ivey HBA Business Plan Competition

Western University, Canada

November

$15,000

Ivey Business Plan Competition

Baylor New Venture Competition

Waco, TX

October

Up to $250,000

Baylor New Venture Competition

Startup Weekend East Lansing

East Lansing, MI

February

TBD

Startup Weekend

OPEN Minds

Austin, TX

November

$6,000

VentureWell

Outdoor Weber

Ogden, UT

January

$45,000 Grand Prize

Weber State University

Pitch and Catch Competition

St. Louis University

February

$5,000 Grand Prize

Saint Louis University

Burgess New Venture Challenge

East Lansing, MI

January

$15,000 Grand Prize

Michigan State University - Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs

San Mateo, CA

February

$200,000 in cash and scholarships

Draper Competition

e-Fest

Minneapolis, MN

February

$75,000 Grand Prize

EIExchange: e-Fest

Global Social Venture Competition

Varies

December

Varies

Global Social Ventures Competition

Princeton Environmental Ideathon

New Jersey

March

TBD

Princeton Environmental Ideathon

Rice Business Plan Competition

Houston, TX

February

$350,000 Grand Prize

Rice Business Plan Competition

TCU's Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition

Fort Worth, TX

February

$40,000 Grand Prize

TCU - Neeley School of Business

TigerLaunch

Princeton University

December

$30,000+

TigerLaunch

Tulane Business Model Competition

New Orleans

January

$25,000 Grand Prize

Tulane University Business Model Competition

New Venture Championship (NVC)

Portland, OR

February

$50,000+

New Venture Championship

New Venture Competition (Requires Harvard student on team)

Boston, MA

February

$300,000

Harvard Business School - New Venture Competition

AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup

Varies

January

$50,000 Grand Prize

AlphaLab Gear -Hardware Cup

Detroit Demo Day

Detroit, MI

April

Varies

Detroit Demo Day

International Business Model Competition

Provo, UT

April

$40,000 Grand Prize

International Business Model Competition

Think Like an Entrepreneur

Varies

March

Varies

GMAT

Milken Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition & Conference

Philadelphia, PA

February

TBD

Milken-Penn Education Business Plan Competition

Lemelson MIT Student Prize (Boston)

Boston, MA

September

$10,000-$15,000 Grand Prize

Lemelson - MIT 

Lemelson MIT Student Prize (Cambridge)

Cambridge, MA

September

$10,000-$15,000 Grand Prize

Lemelson - MIT

NYC Curb-to-Market Challenge

New York, NY

June

$500,000 Grand Prize

NYC Curb-To-Market Challenge

Arch Grants Global Startup Competition 

St Louis, MO

April

$50,000 Grant

Arch Grants Startup Competition

John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition

Iowa

April

TBD

Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition 

Singapore

June

TBD

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

GreenLight East Jordan

Charlevoix, MI

September

TBD

GreenLight East Jordan

Most Fundable Companies Competition

Pepperdine University

March

TBD

Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies

Tech.co Startup of the Year

San Francisco, CA

May

TBD

Startup of the Year

University Startup World Cup

Copenhagen, Denmark

August

$15,000

Venture Cup Denmark

VALEO Innovation Challenge

Paris

April

€200,000

Valeo Innovation Challenge

CEO Pitch Competition

Tampa, FL

October

$5,000

CEO Pitch Competition

CEO Global Conference

Tampa, FL

October

TBD

CEO Global Conference

Collegiate Inventors Competition

Alexandria, VA

June

TBD

National Inventors: Collegiate Inventors Competition

Dolphin Tank

Detroit, MI; Grand Rapids, MI; Jackson, MI

May

$10,000

Michigan Woman Up & Pitch Competition

Global Automotive Mobility Innovation Challenge

Detroit, MI

October

$300,000+

Global Automotive Mobility Innovation Challenge

MIT 100k (requires an MIT student on team)

Boston, MA

October

$100,000

MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition

National U.Pitch Competition & Showcase

Chicago, IL

October

$10,000

Future Founders U Pitch Competition

The Hatching

Lansing, MI

Quarterly

$2,000

The Hatching

Dream Quest One: Poetry & Writing Contest

Online

Varies

$250

Dream Quest Poetry & Writing Contest

Student Competitions

Varies

Varies

Varies

Student Competitions

WeWork Creator Awards

Varies

Varies

From $18,000-$360,000

WeWork Creator Awards

D-Prize

Varies

June

Up to $20,000

D-Prize Distribution Challenges

Tulane Business Model Competition

New Orleans, LA

January

$125,000

Tulane Business Model Competition