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DEBUT

Venturewell + NIBIB

with $80,000 in prizes for 2019, the debut challenge is open to undergraduate student teams working on innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems

Food Tech Accelerator

Wireless Innovation Project

Vodafone Americas Foundation

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Westly Prize

Westly Foundation

For novel solutions to community challenges

Westly Prize

Westly Foundation

Must be a resident of California at time of application and 28 years or younger by 12/31/2015

Veterans In Economic Transision Conference

startup competition for veterans

Venturewell E Team

grant funding to early-stage science and tech student startups who are on the path to launching innovations with a social, health, or environmental impact.

VentureWell BioMedical Entrepreneur

our national bmeidea competition offers university biomedical entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive critical early-stage validation of their ideas

Venture Philanthropy Grant

Margoes Foundation

For more information, contact Hector Melendez at hmelendez@pfs-llc.net, 415-561-6540, ext. 206, or Amy Freeman at afreeman@pfs-llc.net, 415-561-6540, ext. 224

Urban X Accelerator

Urban Future Prize Competition

UCLA Anderson Challenges in Energy Case Competition

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Must travel to UCLA

The No Lathe Pen Challenge

Make a pen without a lathe, film it and send in the video

The Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge

The Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge

University of Louisville

The Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge represents a prestigious, global academic competition with real-world opportunities and experiences designed to stimulate and reward innovative thinking and entrepreneurial persistence. The University of Louisville Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge showcases new business concepts presented by MBA and graduate students from 12 of the world’s leading university entrepreneurship programs, including UofL.

Tech Award for Global Good

Tech Museum of Innovation

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Startup Tech Valley

Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration

Mentor Capital Network

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Sunshot Catalyst Program

U.S. Department of Energy

Catalyst program consists of ideation, business innovation, prototype, and incubation; also holds jamathons

Southern California Social Entrepreneurship Challenge

Academies for Social Entrepreneurship

Challenge will focus on linking promising social enterprises with venture philanthropists in Southern California

Solve

MIT

Solve

MIT

Solve

MIT

Solve

MIT

Social Venture Challenge

The Resolution Project

Winners are awarded the Resolution Fellowship, which includes ongoing mentorship, pro bono services, robust support, and access to the Resolution network

Social Innovation Award

Teach for America

Must be a Teach for America alum or corps member

Seedbed - Agrifood Incubator

An incubator that gives early-stage entrepreneurs the funding, network and skills to validate their business model with 100 potential customers. Apply now at f6s.com/seedbed

Scheinfeld Entrepreneurial Awards competition

Rutger LaunchR

Rutgers and US DEP

Rutgers student-run clean technology startup accelerator funded by the United States Department of Energy

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Emerging Ventures Ecosystem

Rensselaer Business Model Competition

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Roddenberry Prize

The Roddenberry Foundation

In our 2016 Prize Impact Report, Accelerating Innovation Together, we unpack these stats, what we learned, data that interested us, statistics that surprised us, and how we can keep pushing ourselves to improve. We’re sharing this information in the hope that it will be a resource to those of you (funders and innovators) seeking to make the planet a fairer, more equitable and healthy place to live.

Rice University Business Plan Competition

Rice University Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

For university students

Rice Business Plan Competition

Rice University

Project Entrepreneur

UBS and Rent the Runway

Providing women access to the tools, training and networks needed to build scalable, economically impactful companies

Powerful Answers Award

Verizon

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Pacific Venture Capital Conference and Competition

The Pacific Venture Capital

The competition is a stage for undergraduate and MBA students to present business ideas and financial valuations to an audience of entrepreneurial leaders, senior venture capitalists, and top industry professionals from across North America.

One Million Cups

One Million Cups

Every week entrepreneurs deliver powerful presentations at events across the nation.

One Heart Source

One Heart Source

New York State Business Plan Competition

New York State

The NYBPC is New York’s intercollegiate regional & statewide business plan competition.

New York State Business Plan Competition Regionals

New York State

New York State High School Business Plan Competition

New York State

Our annual New York State High School Business Model Competition offers high school students an opportunity to showcase their business model in an educationally-competitive environment.

NYPL StartUP! 2019 BPC

NYPL

National Science Foundation I-Site

National Science Foundation

After I-Corps Site program, participants are eligible to apply for the NSF I Corps Team program. A 6 week, intensive NSF training with funding opportunities.

Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index Prize

University of Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

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NextChallenge: Smart Cities

NextEnergy Center

Up to $40,000 for non-Michigan-based applicants

Natural Launchpad

Burts Bees

A day of coaching at Burt's Bees HQ in Durham, NC, Access to a community of peers, and The Natural Launchpad seal to place on all marketing materials and product packaging

NatGeo Chasing Genius Challenge

National Geographic

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NatGeo Chasing Genius Challenge

National Geographic

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Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management

For graduate students only; maximum 4 people on a team

MIT Climate CoLab

MIT

Seven different specific challenges

MIT Clean Energy Prize

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

At least two people; at least one team member must be a U.S. citizen

Millennial Impact Fellow Video Competition

NewProfit

How can we break down the barriers between us – generational, racial, socioeconomic, geographic – to create an America that works for everyone? At New Profit’s annual Gathering of Leaders 400 leadership-level participants will delve into this question together.

Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition

University of Pennsylvania School of Education

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MedTech Innovation

International Pitch Competition at Medtech Strategist Innovation Summit ,Accelerator Kick-Off Event at WSGR Medical Device Conference in San Francisco, CA June, then Four-month Virtual Accelerator, finally MedTech Innovator Showcase & Finals at AdvaMed 2017 in San Jose, CA

March Open Challenge

GlobalGiving

Additional bonus prizes available for organizations that raise the most funds using GlobalGiving's platform

Lubar School’s Business Ethics Competition

Lipman Family Prize

University of Pennsylvania

Median organizational budget of $1.5M and median organizational age of 10 years

Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge

MacAthur Foundation, Generation Foundation, Equilibrium Capital, Finance in Motion, Milken Institute

Develop creative financial approaches to tackle our world’s most pressing challenges

J.M.K. Innovation Prize

J.M. Kaplan Fund

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Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

National Science Foundation

Must have an active NSF award or one that has been active within the previous five years. Each team member must commit a minimum of 15 hours per week to the program, which offers a combination of in-­person “bootcamp” training and webinars over the course of a 7-­week period.

Hult Prize

Hult International Business School & Clinton Global Initiative

To apply, you must be currently enrolled in college or university; maximum of one alumnus per team

HBS Social Enterprise Track

HBS

Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize

Grinnell College

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Government of Chile - Ministry of Energy

Impacta Energy

Challenge that will seek ideas on addressing access, saving and promotion of energy as a source of development in Chile.

Global Social Venture Competition

Berkeley Haas

Empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and prize money to transform their ideas into fundable, scalable ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges.

Global Competition for Hardware-Led Social Innovations

ISHOW

Designers are invited to enter one of three ISHOW competitions in Bangalore, India; Nairobi, Kenya, and Washington, D.C - 3 winners at each ISHOW can win up to $50,000.

GLG Social Impact Fellowship

GLG

The GLG Social Impact Fellowship leverages GLG’s learning platform to help top social entrepreneurs answer their organization’s critical strategic and operational questions, at no cost. Through the two-year Fellowship, ambitious and visionary nonprofit and social enterprise leaders learn in tailored interactions with experts across GLG’s membership and with each other.

GIST Tech-I Competition

Global Innovation Through Science and Technology

Idea can be an invention, product, service, app, or any combination, or something unique

GHIC Innovation Prize

Unite For Sight

All conference registrants — both students and professionals, and both nonprofit and for-profit organizations — are eligible to apply for the Innovation Prize

Get In The Ring

Break down barriers for regional entrepreneurs that will become industry disruptors and game changers with global reach.

Fuzehub New York State Commercialization Competition

New York State

Startup competitions for manufacturing and tech startups (non software)

Fuller Challenge

Buckminster Fuller Institute

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Food + City Challenge Prize

University of Texas at Austin

Formerly known as the Food Challenge Prize

Fletcher D-Prize: Poverty Solutions Venture Competition

Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

At least one person on team must be a current student or a graduate of the Fletcher School

Fish 2.0

Fish 2.0

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Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange

funded by the Schulze Family Foundation.

Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange (EIX) is a social media learning platform whose goal is to dramatically improve the success rate of new business ventures. Dedicated to entrepreneurship students, professors and entrepreneurs, EIX is philanthropically funded by the Schulze Family Foundation.

EMA Innovator Challange

EMA

Each contestant must submit their business plan, as well as a short video pitch of their concept/company.

Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC)

University of Chicago Booth School of Business & Yale School of Management

Open to undergraduates and graduates. Do not need to be affiliated with a university to apply.

Eco-Audit Grant

EcoRise Youth & City of Austin Office of Sustainability

Eligible parties include teachers, campus administrators, or club advisors at a K-12 public or private school

E-Fest

Entrepreneur & Innovation Exchange

Denver Food Access Project

The Unreasonable Institute

a mission to give every low-income neighborhood in Denver access to healthy affordable food

D-Prize

D-Prize

Option to choose from available challenges or to submit your own challenge and solution

CommonBond Social Impact Award

CommonBond

Company is looking to honor and celebrate a social entrepreneur who is creating positive social impact locally or globally

CMU Venture CHallenge

CMU

Clinton Global Initiative University

Clinton Global Initiative University

Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge

Citi

The accelerator program will run from March to April, when finalists will be selected to participate in Demo Days with cash prizes.

Change the World Challenge

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Business for Good

Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance

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BridgeBuilder Challenge

GHR Foundation

During our Ideas phase, we'll call a global community to action – to share solutions that address urgent challenges at the intersections of peace, prosperity, and planet in radically new ways. These ideas should bridge solutions in two of the three issue areas.

Big Ideas @ Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

At least one member of each team must be a matriculated student at an eligible campus to enter the contest

Baylor New Venture Competition

Baylor University

Bay Area Global Health Innovation Challenge

Funded by HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health, in partnership with the UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health and the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health.

An annual competition hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the HealthRoots Foundation for Global Health, it offers student teams from universities worldwide the opportunity to present ideas for low-cost, high-impact, scalable global health innovations.

BASES Challenge 2017

Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students

At least one Stanford student (graduate or undergraduate) or alumnus must be on the team to compete

AT&T Experts: Grant for Greatness

AT&T Experts

Innovative ideas from individuals, small businesses, startups, think tanks, anyone with a great plan or idea. Package your idea into a 2-minute video.

ARPA-E: Open Funding Opportunity Announcement

ARPA-E

N/A

Arch Global Grants

Global Grant $50,000 with no equity, in St. Louis.

APTE Impact Idea Pitch Competition

Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship

Applicants must be available for the Summit in Spring

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

University of Washington

The AAEI Challenge at the University of Washington taps into the passion, smarts, and motivation that university students have for solving environmental/cleantech problems.

One team member must be a student of a college or university in Washington, Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, or Montana

Anzisha Prize

African Leadership Academy

The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs, and hands out over USD $100,000 every year in funding to entrepreneurs from all over the continent.

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Community building, leadership, communication, vision

Seaworthy Collective

Short term goals - 0-4 months / January – April 2020:---Complete business plan---Complete industry landscape canvas / resource mapping---Finalize model (monetization strategy: for-profit/non-profit)---Finalize logo, slogan, business card – 99 Designs ---Website (About us, contact, social links, 2 pictures)---Social media

Startups

Miami, FL

Short term goals - 0-4 months / January – April 2020:---Complete business plan---Complete industry landscape canvas / resource mapping---Finalize model (monetization strategy: for-profit/non-profit)---Finalize logo, slogan, business card – 99 Designs ---Website (About us, contact, social links, 2 pictures)---Social media

Contact me at:

kleinman.daniel.a@gmail.com

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Project Manager and Project Owner and Lead Engineer

Green Roof Revitalization and Modernization

My project is focused on using a raspberry pi to automate the irrigation system based on environmental factors in real time while keeping costs at a minimum.

Carbondale, IL US

My project is focused on using a raspberry pi to automate the irrigation system based on environmental factors in real time while keeping costs at a minimum.

Contact me at:

nelson.fernandes@siu.edu

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architecture

Finding Architecture Job

I really want to work on sustainable projects in the architecture field, doing interior design and design work.

New York, NY

I really want to work on sustainable projects in the architecture field, doing interior design and design work.

Contact me at:

samanthajadearena29@gmail.com

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Founder, Designer, Entrepreneur

Tazzetto Italian Cafe

We need help with marketing and sales, SEO, potentially website redesign and some unbiased guidance on the type of technology we should be using.

Oceanside, New York

We need help with marketing and sales, SEO, potentially website redesign and some unbiased guidance on the type of technology we should be using.

Contact me at:

vincent@tazzetto.com

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Sewing, Interviewing

Design Behaviors Research

Testimonials! I would love to talk with your and interview you about empathy, rapid iteration, creative craft, entrepreneurial sustainability, and contextual awareness.

Atlanta, Georgia

Testimonials! I would love to talk with your and interview you about empathy, rapid iteration, creative craft, entrepreneurial sustainability, and contextual awareness.

Contact me at:

taftkilpack@gmail.com

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Software Engineering, Front-end Web Development, UI Design, Digital Film Production, Digital Marketing, Putting Pineapple on Pizza, See my portfolio: derekfeehrer.com

Innovation Club Council

Ideas/Advice on similar projects, Advice on how to run a large entrepreneurship with multiple subcommittees

Worchester, MA

Ideas/Advice on similar projects, Advice on how to run a large entrepreneurship with multiple subcommittees

Contact me at:

dfeehrer@wpi.edu

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Class for Delaware Innovation Fellows

none needed right now, just putting it out there. let me know if you have any sweet ideas

Newark, Delaware

none needed right now, just putting it out there. let me know if you have any sweet ideas

Contact me at:

mcriscuo@udel.edu

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Computer programming, hardware design, idea development

Innovation Club Projects

Ideas and suggestions

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ideas and suggestions

Contact me at:

nathan.lawarre@gmail.com

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Data analysis, team leadership, JavaScript, excel, design thinking

NIMS (Network for Innovation & Marketable Skills)

Specifically looking for management structures at Makerspace across the nation. Want to see what works, doesn’t work, etc. What models work for student run Makerspaces?

Clemson, SC

Specifically looking for management structures at Makerspace across the nation. Want to see what works, doesn’t work, etc. What models work for student run Makerspaces?

Contact me at:

prgorospe@gmail.com

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Computer programming,UI Design

Makers space Inter Disciplinary Classes

Resources, contacts,ideas

Madanapalli, India

Resources, contacts,ideas

Contact me at:

nishkalachowdary@gmail.com

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Synthetic Biology, Entrepreneurship

Blue Goo #2

Are you good at slinging dat good green? #hashslingingslashers Come join up with the Spira Squad.

Los Angeles, CA

Are you good at slinging dat good green? #hashslingingslashers Come join up with the Spira Squad.

Contact me at:

elliot@spirainc.com

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Founder, Designer, Entrepreneur

Tazzetto Italian Cafe

We need help with marketing and sales, SEO, potentially website redesign and some unbiased guidance on the type of technology we should be using.

Oceanside, New York

We need help with marketing and sales, SEO, potentially website redesign and some unbiased guidance on the type of technology we should be using.

Contact me at:

vincent@tazzetto.com

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Market research, data analysis & insights, advertising/promotion, marketing, event planning

UIF Reunion presentations & more

Are y’all interested in sharing your ideas? Please help by sharing with me what you might want to share, showcase, etc.

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Are y’all interested in sharing your ideas? Please help by sharing with me what you might want to share, showcase, etc.

Contact me at:

jcpuc14@gmail.com
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