With restrictions in place all over the world, the opportunity to participate in business plan competitions/pitch competitions has significantly increased. Most of these competitions are now being held virtually, allowing start-ups to participate in a variety of competitions, not just in Canada but abroad. These competitions are very beneficial for start-ups, as it’s a way to network and also gain the opportunity to securing funding. We would heavily advise start-ups to use this page to constantly updated themselves on the possible competitions they could partake in.

Rice Business Plan Competition

Eligibility Criteria

Student-led, Seeking Investments, Not raised more than $250,000 in capital prior to July 1, 2020

Prize

Last year 1st place – $350,000

Industry

Energy/Tech/Digital Enterprise

Deadline to apply

February 2nd, 2021

Country

USA

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O R B i T Pitch Competition

Eligibility Criteria

Learn More Through the Application

Prize

Come Soon…

Industry

General

Deadline to apply

NaN

Country

Canada

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Heartland Challenge

Eligibility Criteria

Grad/Undergrad student led start-up, must have the endorsement of a faculty from University

Prize

1st Place – $50,000

Industry

General

Deadline to apply

February 12th, 2021

Country

USA

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AAGEF Entrepreneur Challenge 2021

Eligibility Criteria

Learn More Through the Application

Prize

Come Soon…

Industry

General

Deadline to apply

Ocotber 15th, 2021

Country

Canada

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New Venture Championship’s venture competition

Eligibility Criteria

Student led, seeking investments, application submission under supervision of university faculty

Prize

$50,000+

Industry

General

Deadline to apply

February 14th, 2021

Country

USA

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Richard’s Barrentine Values And Venture Competition

Eligibility Criteria

Undergraduate students, business plan authenticated by a univeristy faculty

Prize

$100,000

Industry

Societal/Environmental

Deadline to apply

February 22nd, 2021

Country

USA

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University Startup World Cup

Eligibility Criteria

Early Stage/Growth Stage, Affiliated with a University

Prize

$15,000

Industry

General

Deadline to apply

Spring 2021

Country

Unknown

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Cyber Pitch competition

Eligibility Criteria

A company in which the founders retain some portion of ownership, Product or service launched within last 2 years

Prize

Coming Soon…

Industry

Cybersecurity

Deadline to apply

NaN

Country

USA

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Innovation World Cup

Eligibility Criteria

Older than 18

Prize

Coming Soon…

Industry

Separate competitions for a variety of industries

Deadline to apply

NaN

Country

Germany

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U.PITCH

Eligibility Criteria

Enrolled as a college student, graduated from an undergraduate or graduate program within the past six months

Prize

Coming Soon…

Industry

Cybersecurity

Deadline to apply

NaN

Country

USA

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2021 RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Eligibility Criteria

At least one founder is a current full-time U of T student or recent alumni from a full-time program

Prize

$5,000-25,000

Industry

General

Deadline to apply

NaN

Country

Canada

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Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize

Eligibility Criteria

At least one founder who is a current U of T student, post doc or a recent alum

Prize

$10,000

Industry

Sustainability Ideas

Deadline to apply

NaN

Country

Canada

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