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Big Idea Competition  – April 20th                 UP_2017_0096_D_136

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

 2018 New York Business Plan Competition

The New York Business Plan Regional Competition is the only leading collegiate business plan competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative, statewide program. It is one of the largest collegiate business plan competitions in the world.  Open to: Current undergraduate and graduate students from accredited colleges located in New York.

Engineering Innovation Award Competition

Information Session: April 24 & May 1st    Applications Due: May 8th   Event: May 15th

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

Cornell Venture Challenge (CVC)

CVC is Cornell University’s prestigious business plan competition open to teams with New York State or Cornell University affiliation. CVC is sponsored by                  BR Venture Fund (BRV), Johnson’s early-stage venture capital fund operated entirely by a team of MBA students.  Prizes include non-dilutive cash awards up

to $50,000 and free legal services worth up to $12,000.For prize information,  and other details visit the competition page.


BPC is an external listing of entrepreneurship contests, elevator pitch events, and business plan competitions conducted around the world.  Whether you are looking for funding or simply interested in how others are faring in their quest, BPC is a valuable resource to bookmark.