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Competitions

Are you interested in staying current on the rapidly-expanding world of innovative business plan and idea competitions? If so, Biz Plan Competitions is an external listing of entrepreneurship contests, quick 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.

Cornell Delegates to CGI U Pitch Event – January

Cornell’s delegates to the Clinton Global Initiative University annual conference pitch their updated “commitments to action”  before a panel of judges who determine which projects will receive additional resources to continue their social entrepreneurship projects.

Cornell Big Idea Competition  –  April

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 from the prior year’s event.

Cornell Venture Challenge (CVC) – April

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.

New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) –  April

This 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.

The top 12 teams from the regional semi-final competition proceed to the statewide final competition that is regionally coordinated as a collaborative state-wide program. Cornell falls within the Southern Tier region. Teams compete head-to-head against regional winners from the nine other major regions of New York: Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Mid-Hudson, New Your City, and Long Island. To learn more,  visit NYSBPC  here.

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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