Competitions

Babson Build

Babson Build is an experiential program designed to help university students think and act entrepreneurially. With dedicated tracks for both undergraduate and graduate students, programming built on Babson’s one-of-a-kind Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® methodology, and a cohort of international, innovative peers, Babson Build is a program unlike any other.

Come live at Babson College for either a one- or two-week session in July. Embrace Babson’s make-it-happen mindset and gain the tools you need to thrive as an innovative, flexible, creative, out-of-the-box thinker.

Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs - 2023

The Draper Competition is a national business plan competition designed as an on-ramp for women founders seeking access to networks, capital and resources.

If you're an undergraduate woman with an idea for a new business, we encourage you to apply for the ONLY competition where women's entrepreneurial creativity is the sole focus...and the prize money doesn't require you to give up any equity in your venture!

Application OPENS: 12/1/2022

Application Deadline: 2/10/2022

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

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