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Competitions

BenDaniel Venture Challenge –1st March applications due!

11 April – 9AM – Noon, Amphitheater, Statler Hotel – Final Competition

Cornell University’s prestigious business plan competition open to teams with New York State or Cornell University affiliation. BenDaniel Venture Challenge is sponsored by  Big Red Ventures (BRV), Johnson’s early-stage venture capital fund operated entirely by a team of MBA students.  $35,000 + in Prize Awards!

Hospitality Business Plan Competition Final Presentations – 16 March

4:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Statler Auditorium

The Hospitality Business Plan Competition provides an experiential learning opportunity to rising entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the hospitality industry. The competition kicks off at the start of the academic year and culminates in early spring with the submission of final business plans and group presentations. The winners are announced during Hotel Ezra Cornell. Cash prizes over $35,000 are awarded to the top three teams! Open to the public.

NY Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) –  17 March applications due!

NYBC is one of the largest collegiate business plan competitions in the world.  The competition is open to all student entrepreneurs (both undergraduate and graduate) who are enrolled in one of the partner colleges and universities.

Teams compete head-to-head against winners from ten major regions of New York: Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York, Mid-Hudson, New Your City and   Long Island.   Cornell competes within the Southern Tier region for which the 2019 semifinal round will be conducted at Binghamton University.  Winners of the regional semifinal competition will proceed to the 26 April statewide final competition in Albany.  

Big Idea Competition  –  12 April

3:00 – 4:30 PM eHub Collegetown; open to the public

A competition for Cornell undergraduates who have a great idea for a for-profit or non-profit enterprise. All ideas are welcome; no business plan is required. The BIG Idea Competition Finale takes place as part of Celebration in April. Participants have three minutes to present in front of a  live audience of peers, faculty, entrepreneurs, and distinguished guests. The winners will be selected based upon a combination of rankings by judges and audience popular vote. Prizes and other details.

Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition  –  May

Innovation teams may include a broad range of students from across the entire university and from all levels – undergraduate to the Ph.D. candidate. However, as an undergraduate-focused competition, undergraduate students from the College of Engineering must constitute a majority of each participating team. Cash Prizes and other details from the prior year’s event.

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For a listing of additional, external entrepreneurship contests, quick pitch events, and business plan competitions conducted around the world, BPC is a valuable resource to bookmark.