Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club


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:




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Entry Criteria, Prizes, Notes

BID Network


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


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



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

Brigham Young University Social Venture Competition


January 24, 2011

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

Clean Tech Open


May 26, 2011

Prize packages totalling over $800k

Dell Social Innovation 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


February 9, 2011

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

Echoing Green 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


November 14, 2010

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




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


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


Nov 4, 2010

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

Global Social Venture Competition


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


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



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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


February 4, 2011

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

William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition


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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