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Upcoming Competitions!

Engineering Innovation Competition – Application Deadline April 20th

Prizes of $10K, $10K and $5K to be awarded.  Learn more at

Big Idea Competition  – April 20th

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

 New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) – April

The competition is open to all student entrepreneurs (both undergraduate and graduate) from New York’s Southern Tier Region who are enrolled in one of the partner colleges and universities. Applications for ideas or ventures must fall into one of the five categories below :

  • Information Technology/Software
  • Advanced Technology
  • Products
  • Services
  • Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit
  • Clean Technology

The top 12 teams from each of the five categories above will advance from the regional semi-final competition to the statewide final competition. That competition is held in Albany, NY. Teams will 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 or contact the Cornell Blackstone LaunchPad director Felix Litvinsky,

 Engineering Innovation Award Competition – May 15th

Information Session: April 24 & May 1

Applications Due: May 8th

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. Prizes and other details

 Hospitality Business Plan Competition

The Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition is an annual entrepreneurship event that begins at the start of the academic year when students form teams and develop executive summaries of their business plans. The competition ends in early spring during Hotel Ezra Cornell (HEC), when the student teams submit their final business plans and semi-finalist teams make their presentations to a judging panel that selects the top three concepts as winners. Cash prizes for the top three finishers total over $35,000.

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.

Business Plan Competitions (BPC)

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.