Luckily our roster of Cornell hosted competitions covers a wide spectrum of company activity. We have “idea” competitions that are simply that – formed companies cannot apply. We have industry specific student focused competitions that allow students to step up their game. We have competitions in which alumni entrepreneurs can participate as well. And we have competitions that are larger in scope that require a significant presence longer term in our geographic region.

We encourage students specifically to view competitions as a source of financing, which is typically non-dilutive. And we encourage students to enter as many as possible as pitch practice is a real benefit! In addition to our Cornell hosted competitions we also advertise offerings from other universities and national organizations via our eship listserv.

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Big Red Ventures annual pitch competition

Read more about BenDaniel Venture Challenge


Competition for Cornell undergraduates who have a great idea for a for-profit or non-profit enterprise

Read more about the Big Idea Competition


Offers student teams working on an innovation a chance to compete for prizes

Read more about Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition


Annual Business Competition hosted by the Pillsbury Institute

Read more about Hospitality Business Plan Competition


The NYBPC is the annual competition featuring the best teams from every region of New York

Read more about the NY Business Plan Competition


Focused on growing an enduring food and agriculture innovation cluster in Upstate NY

Read more about Grow-NY Food and Agriculture Business Competition


Annual Pitch Deck Competition Hosted By the Pillsbury Institute

Read more about Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition


Read more about The Gene ’70, MD ’74 and Susan Resnick Prize for Excellence in Entrepreneurship


Students across all majors, schools, and years are encouraged to participate. No prior experience is necessary.

Read more about Cornell Impact Investing Competiton


For student entrepreneurs and recent graduates operating or launching startups in emerging market countries.

Read more about the Cornell EMI Mark Mobius Pitch Competition


The labs forge networks and collaborations to push boundaries and advance a more sustainable world.

Read more about AAP Labs