Our competitions provide experience and resources for entrepreneurship and new venture creation.


Standing Competitions


The Baylor New Venture Competition is a two-day, dual round business plan competition and speed pitch competition promoting entrepreneurship and small business development. The competition, underwritten by an anonymous gift to Baylor University and the Hankamer School of Business, provides students with expert feedback and the opportunity to win prizes to help fund their ventures.


The Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition. It is hosted and organized by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which is Rice University's flagship initiative devoted to the support of entrepreneurship, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.


Values and Ventures© Business Plan Competition

A unique annual competition for undergraduate students around the world to pitch plans for businesses, products or services that make a profit while also benefiting the environment, the community or a specific population. Presented by the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

Richards Barrentine Business Plan Competition
The Richards Barrentine Business Plan Competition encourages student entrepreneurs to incorporate their personal values into a new enterprise and to champion their desire to do good while doing well. The competition boasts distinguished judges and mentors from among seasoned entrepreneurs, investment professionals, CEO’s and others. Throughout the two-day event, students have opportunities to network with other like-minded students, faculty from across the globe and successful entrepreneurs and business professionals. Participating students tout the entire experience as nothing short of exceptional and have the opportunity to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Texas A&M

The Raymond Ideas Challenge

This campus wide competition hosted by the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship encourages undergraduate and graduate students to dream up the next great product or service and enter their big idea in this campus-wide competition. This program offers a number of unique features and benefits:

  • Real-world experience: Students receive valuable experience developing business concepts, writing skills and presentation abilities.
  • Networking opportunities: Students have the opportunity to network with the judges and gain invaluable contacts.
3 Day Startup

3 Day Startup teaches students about the trials and triumphs of starting a business over a 72-hour period. Students are encouraged to use the weekend’s risk-free environment to work on business ideas they are passionate about and would be interested in pursuing after the program has ended. Mentors and professors from Texas A&M are available throughout the weekend to help students fine-tune their businesses

Shark Frenzy

Find out what happens when 12 student and non-student startups get into the tank and pitch six well-known "sharks" from the Silicon Valley and Silicon Hills. This Shark Tank-like competition is put on by Startup Aggieland, the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship’s incubator and accelerator.

Aggie Pitch

Pitch competition hosted by the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship every spring semester at TAMU. Texas A&M teams are selected through competitive application.

Aggies Invent

Aggies Invent is a 48 hour intensive design hardware experience offered through Engineering Entrepreneurship multiple times a semester. We gather interested students, seed the event with industry provided needs (medical, energy, or others), allow the students to self-select teams, give them access and support, have them solve the problem, and create prototypes in 48 hours. Each event has a specific theme and are designed in collaboration with industry and faculty. The end goal is to provide students the opportunity to acquire skills essential to becoming successful innovation leaders and support them in founding startup companies. For questions, contact us at aggiesinvent@tamu.edu

UT Dallas

IDEA Competition
This IDEA Competition provides the opportunity for students to express world-changing ideas. The competition involves students giving two minute pitches to a panel of judges, with monetary awards and a chance to have dinner with the judging panel. Open to all UNTstudents, this bi-annual competition is co-sponsored by colleges, departments, and entrepreneurial organizations on campus.

UT Dallas

2017 Spring Quick Pitch Competition

On Monday, April 24th, the IIE held the 2017 Spring Quick Pitch Competition where 10 student finalists went head-to-head and competed for 1st ($2,000), 2nd ($1,000), and 3rd ($500) places. Each team presented their business idea within 3 minutes using only 1 slide. Applicants with a creative business solution to a pressing marketplace problem were asked to submit in a 500-word essay describing the problem, solution, value proposition, and market opportunity along with 1 slide. Ten finalists were chosen from the applicant pool to present at the final event.

Business Idea Competition

Held annually, the UT Dallas Business Idea Competition gives both undergraduate and graduate students from every school on campus the opportunity to develop and present their business ideas while competing for $20,000 in cash and scholarship prizes. Please contact IIE Assistant Director, tara.vornkahl@utdallas.edu with questions.


The 8th Annual Rafael Munguia UTRGV Business Plan Competition

The Rafael Mungui UTRGV Business Plan Competition (UTRGV BPC) is designed to promote the creation and development of new ventures in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere. These ventures can be based on student ideas or the ideas of others (such as UTRGV faculty members). In addition, the competition is designed to provide students a forum where they can develop skills in pitching their ventures to providers of capital and to receive constructive feedback designed to increase the probability of successfully launching their ventures.