Moot Corp Business Plan
Competition ***Top Pick***
Its been called "the
Superbowl of World Business Plan
competitions", "the Motha of all Business Plan
Competitions" and "the Big Bertha of Business Plan
Blockbusters". Is anybody surprised that these guys are from
Texas? This ain't no sissy contest, so saddle up and get ready
to woop some E-butt. Hosted in Austin, Texas on the first week in
May. Open to all Universities, Texans and foreigners.
Hosted by the Entrepreneurial Management
Center of the College of Business Administration/San Diego State
University. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the event and will include schools from
Europe, Asia, Austraila, Canada, Mexico and the United States making it
one of the most international competitions to date. The Venture
Challenge boasts an impressive list of sponsors including the Nasdaq
Stockmarket, Qualcomm Corp., Sempra Energy and Motorola. From February to April. Open to all
Winbald February Madness Start-up tournament *****
the best non-school affiliated competition. Run like the college Basketball tournament.
64-Internet related business plans are chosen for the first round and
teams progress the "sweet sixteen shootout". Organized
by the Hummer Winbald venture capital group. Open to all
Universities. Runs from February to June.
European Business Plan of the
Year Competition ****
most prestigious contest in Europe, this event is hosted by Insead and the
School. It would be nice if they would post
more information on the Internet. Rumour has it that full program
details can be found in every box of Vache-qui-Rit cheese ;-)
Program open to all MBA programs in Europe. Finishes in June.
MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition
This is the one contest where even the losers become Gazillionaires.
Case in point, Akamai. They lost the 1998 contest but now have a
market cap of over 20B$. Last years winner, DirectHit, has a market
cap of over 10b$...you get the point. Coolest of the closed
community contests. This student run tournament recently celebrated its
10th anniversary. Open to MIT community only. Begins in
February, ends in May.
Berkeley Business Plan Contest ****
The winner of the 1999 contest received funding of $6.6M
from a prominent Venture Capital firm. Registration on the 15th of
February. Over $50,000 in cash and prizes. Open to alumni and students of UC
The Stanford Entrepreneur's Challenge
Nice contest, limited to Stanford community.
National Business Plan Competition ***
to women age 13-21. The 2000 Competition will run from Sept. 1, 1999-May
15, 2000. How's that for a WorldU affirmative action plug?
10k business plan competition ***
This is an annual competition
designed to encourage, appraise and promote business ideas from within
the Caltech community. The grand prize is an initial $10,000 cash
investment to serve as startup capital for the new venture.
Stern Roberts Pharmaceutical Award ***
offers an annual program that provides seed capital of up to $5,000 to a
student (or students) planning to start a new business upon graduation
from Stern. Students compete for the prize by submitting original,
complete business plans for new ventures.
Know of any others that deserve our
attention? Please post to forum for review.
We are especially keen on contests with open eligibility