External Funding Opportunities

Search the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group’s extensive list of external funding opportunities, including business plan competitions, elevator pitch contests and startup competitions, to find funding for your venture.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Start-up Challenge, Amazon

American Indian Business Leaders Business Plan Competition, American Indian Business Leaders

APTE Social Business Competition, Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship

Arch Grants Global Business Plan Competition, Arch Grants

Asia Venture Challenge, Thammasat University, Thailand

Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Launchpad Competition, Stanford University


Campus Consciousness Challenge, REVERB

Cardinal Challenge, University of Louisville

Collegiate Inventors Competition, Invent.org

Dell Education Challenge, Dell

Dell Empowering Women Challenge, Dell

Dell Social Innovation Competition, Dell

Education Business Plan Competition, Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education

Entrepreneur of the Year, Entrepreneur Magazine

FinCapDev, D2D Fund and Center for Financial Services Innovation

FSW Funding Entrepreneurial Scholarship, FSW Funding

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Global Social Venture Competition

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, Entrepreneurs’ Organization

High Tide, Tallwave

IBK Capital – Ivey Business Plan Competition, University of Western Ontario

Idea to Product Global Competition

Launch Student Startup Initiative, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

LES Foundation Graduate Student Business Plan Competition, LES Foundation

McGinnis Venture Competition, Carnegie Mellon University

MegaWatt Ventures, U.S. Department of Energy

Miller Lite Tap the Future, MillerCoors

MIT Clean Energy Prize, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NCIIA BMEIdea Competition, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

NCIIA E-Team Program, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Competition, University of Nebraska

New Venture Championship, University of Oregon

Palo Alto Business Plan Competition, LivePlan

Pitch for Change Competition, Harvard University

Pitch NYC, Women 2.0

QPrize, Qualcomm Ventures

Queen’s Entrepreneurs Competition

Rice Business Plan Competition, Rice University


Social Innovation Award, Teach for America

Startup Open

Stu Clark Investment Competition, University of Manitoba

Student Venture Open, University of California, San Diego

Thiel Fellowship: 20 Under 20

Tulane Business Plan Competition, Tulane University

Spirit of Enterprise Graduate Business Plan Competition, University of Cincinnati Center for Entrepreneurship

Utah Entrepreneur Challenge, University of Utah

Venture Challenge, San Diego State University

Venture Labs Investment Challenge, University of Texas

Venture Labs Investment Competition Colombia, Universidad de los Andes

Venture Madness, Invest Southwest

Wake Forest Elevator Competition, Wake Forest University

Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge, Net Impact