Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club

Opportunities

The Darden EVC Club has many opportunities for students to participate in competitions against fellow Darden students as well as MBA students from other Universities.  Click on the links below to find out more about the available competitions:

Internal

External

Name

Web Site

Next or most recent deadline

Entry Criteria, Prizes, Notes

BID Network

http://www.bidnetwork.org/page/119835/en

March 15, 2011

Farmers in Business : For agricultural cooperatives and farmers' associations in Africa. Women in business : for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Affinity Lab DC Prize

www.williamjamesfoundation.org/dc2011

Dec 3, 2010

Business must be for-profit start-up with a defined social and/or environmental goal based in the greater Washington, DC area.

Ashoka Citizen Base Initiative Awards

www.citizenbase.org/bp_competitions

Ongoing

Winners receive funding and are linked to Ashoka's network of social entrepreneurs.

Brigham Young University Social Venture Competition

http://socialventure.byu.edu

January 24, 2011

Applicants must be currently enrolled at Brigham Young (Provo, Hawaii, or Idaho). $50,000 in cash & prizes.

Clean Tech Open

www.cleantechopen.com

May 26, 2011

Prize packages totalling over $800k

Dell Social Innovation Competition

http://tinyurl.com/dell-competition

February 14, 2011

Students from any university or college in the world are eligible. $50,000 in prizes, plus $10,000 for entries addressing the environment.

Duke Executive Summary Competition

www.dukestartupchallenge.org/

February 9, 2011

Register via YouNoodle. Top teams will be invited to submit full plans.

Echoing Green Fellowship

www.echoinggreen.org/fellowship

November 12, 2010

Organizations must be in a start-up phase. Two-year fellowships for emerging social entrepreneurs.

Eileen Fisher Self-Image Grant Program for Women and Girls

http://tinyurl.com/eileen-fisher

November 14, 2010

Minimum grants of $5,000 for non-profits that help elevate the self-image of women and girls.

Ennovent

www.ennovent.com/network/challenge-brief.html

Ongoing

Entrants should own or manage a for-profit enterprise and provide an energy solution to people earning around US $3 a day.

Foundation for a Sustainable Future Richard Heinberg Sustainability Prize

www.williamjamesfoundation.org/sustainability

December 3, 2010

Business must be for-profit start-up with a focus on reducing carbon footprint of your industry or customers.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

http://tinyurl.com/GSEC2010

Nov 4, 2010

GSEC is open to students from any academic institution worldwide. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible.

Global Social Venture Competition

www.gsvc.org

January 20, 2011

One team member must be a current or recent (2 years) graduate business student.

Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest - Social Venture Track

http://tinyurl.com/HBS-competition

March 28, 2011

Students enrolled in a fulltime graduate degree program at Harvard University. Prizes totalling $35,000 in cash.

Investor's Circle Call for Applicants

http://investorscircle.net/as_call-for-applicants

Rolling

Companies at early or expansion stage whose businesses address significant social or environmental issues.

Licensing Executives Society (LES) Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition

www.lesfoundation.org/competition/2011.html

March 4, 2011

Graduate students interested in intellectual property (IP) and licensing issues.
$10,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes plus option to compete for LESI’s $5,000 Global Award.

MIT IDEAS Competition

http://web.mit.edu/ideas/www/index.htm

March 5th, 2011

Invention as Public Service. At least one third of each team must be full-time MIT students. Up to $8,000 in cash and additional development grants.

Mai Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin

www.bbc.in.th/

December 27, 2010

At least three members of a team must be from the same graduate business administration program. Approx. $20,000 in cash prizes.

McGinnis Venture Competition

http://mcginnisventurecompetition.com

February 11, 2011

Graduate students only and at least one must be a member of the management team. $20,000 in cash investment plus in-kind prizes.

Rice University Business Plan Competition

http://tinyurl.com/Rice-competition

February 4th, 2011

All full and part-time graduate students enrolled in a university. The management team must consist of at least one graduate student. At least $480,000 in cash prizes.

Salesforce.com Africa Prize

www.williamjamesfoundation.org/africa2011

December 3, 2010

Business must be for-profit start-up with a defined social and/or environmental goal based in Africa.

Tulane Conscious Capitalism Business Plan Competition

http://tea.tulane.edu/?page_id=90/

January 23, 2011

open to students. All business ventures must be seeking outside equity capital. Cash prizes totaling $50,000.

Wake Forest Competition for Social Entrepreneurship

http://business.wfu.edu/default.aspx?id=938

February 4, 2011

Accepts for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid enterprises.

William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition

www.williamjamesfoundation.org

December 3, 2010

Business must be a for-profit start-up with a defined social and/or environmental goal. Cash and in-kind prizes together worth over $100,000.

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