Competitions

Baylor New Venture Competition

A nationally-ranked entrepreneurship competition, Baylor NVC invites collegiate entrepreneurs from around the world to participate in this award-winning business plan and elevator pitch competition. There is a chance to earn more than $250,000 in total cash and prizes.

Application Deadline: 11/1/2022

Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition

Have you noticed a problem at school, at home, or in your community that you want to solve? Have you imagined solutions and creative new systems to major problems but been frustrated at not knowing where to start?

Introducing the 2022 Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition!

The top students from each of four tracks will be selected to win $1,000 each. These four winners will join finalists from each school in the Blackstone LaunchPad network for a national round of the competition, for the chance to win a $10,000 prize.

Application Deadline: 10/17/2022

Designed specifically for students with no prior experience, the Ideas Competition is an easy way to get your toes wet and see if entrepreneurship could be right for you. All you need to apply is an idea, no matter how small!

InNOLEvation™ Challenge

Florida State University’s InNOLEvation™ Challenge provides students from all majors and all levels with the opportunity to gain valuable insight and experience in innovation and entrepreneurship and a chance to win $30,000 in prize money!

Intent to Compete/Optional Deadline: 11/11/2022

Final Application Deadline: 1/18/2023

Pioneer for E-Teams

Do you have an idea that can change the world? Start your entrepreneurship journey by applying for the Winter 2023 Pioneer for E-Teams!

The E-Team Program supports student innovators on the path to launching their invention! Students can apply now for Pioneer for E-Teams, the first stage of the VentureWell Accelerator, where, in addition to receiving grant funding, they’ll discover the best market for their innovation. They help you advance your invention through a powerful mix of up to $25,000 in grant funding, entrepreneurship training, mentorship by dedicated staff, national recognition, and networking with peers and industry experts.

Application Deadline: 10/5/2022

Rice Business Plan Competition

The 23rd edition of the Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC), the world’s largest and richest graduate student startup competition, showcases the best university startups from across the U.S. and around the world, while providing student entrepreneurs the unparalleled experience of pitching their startups to investors and learning what it takes to build and launch a successful business.

Competitions Dates: May 11-13, 2023

Application Deadline: TBD (estimated January 2023)

XPRIZE Carbon Removal

XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling the biggest threat facing humanity - fighting climate change and rebalancing Earth’s carbon cycle. Funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation, this $100M competition is the largest incentive prize in history, an extraordinary milestone.‎

This four-year global competition invites innovators and teams from anywhere on the planet to create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans, and sequester it durably and sustainably. To win the grand prize, teams must demonstrate a working solution at a scale of at least 1000 tonnes removed per year; model their costs at a scale of 1 million tonnes per year; and show a pathway to achieving a scale of gigatonnes per year in future.

Application Deadline: Earth Day 2025