Business Plan Competitions
A comprehensive listing of Business Plan Competitions, including application deadlines



Katz Invitational Case Competition

The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business is hosting an invitational case competition, designed to test the teams’ ability to collaborate on different business disciplines, and will focus on a current issue within the energy industry.

  • Event Dates

    • Registration for the 2017 Katz Invitational Case Competition will open on October 1, 2016
  • Eligibility: Each university will be represented by one team of 4 (four) graduate students pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  Students pursuing a dual degree (JD/MBA, MBA/MIS, etc.) qualify as MBA students.  The team may be a combination of U.S. and foreign students.  All team members must be enrolled at the same university.  Executive MBA students are not eligible to participate.
CFA Institute Research Challenge

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.

  • Event Dates

    • Asia Pacific Regional: March 15-16, 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Americas Regional: April 6-7, 2017, Seattle, USA
    • EMEA Regional: April 26-27, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Global Final: April 28, 2017, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Eligibility: Full-time student  at a participating university, you do not hold the CFA charter. You have never worked in a role that involved fundamental company analysis. You have never participated in the CFA Institute Research Challenge. You are eligible under local competition rules.
Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

In the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, interdisciplinary student teams define an environmental problem, develop a solution, design and build a prototype, create a business plan that proves their solution has market potential, and pitch to 250+ judges at a demo-day event.

  • Event Dates

    • Team Registration – Open your account and provide basic team info only. January 20 to Sunday, Feb. 1 at midnight
    • Official Team Entry: Screening Round Monday, Febuary 20 at midnight: 5-7-page Business Summary due.
    • Monday, February 27: Teams will hear if they have been selected to compete in the Challenge on March 30, 2017
  • Eligibility: Eligible students can form a team with non-students, but for the sake of this competition, they will be considered as advisors. Students must have an ownership stake in the business or the potential for equity or employment.
MIT $100K

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JOHN MOLSON MBA International Case Competition

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McGinnis Venture Competition

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International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition

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Nespresso MBA Sustainability Challenge – School registration opens in November 2015, Team registration deadline November, 2015.


Nespresso MBA Sustainability Challenge - School registration opens in November 2015, Team registration deadline February 8, 2016.

2015 Busbud Scholarship of Travel Innovation - Application Deadline: November 30

Nestle Nespresso Global Sustainability MBA Challenge 2015-Register your school by January 23. Register your team by January 30.

5th Merck Serono Innovation Cup Summer Camp – Application Deadline: January 31

CFA Institute’s Investment Research Challenge


Hult Prize RegistrationApplication Deadlines: November 18; December 31

LeanModel Start-up Competition-Registration Deadline: November 4

2015 International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition – Application Deadline: November 14

2015 BNY Mellon-Katz Invitational Case Competition-Registration Deadline: December 3

Fuels Institute presents The Future of Transportation Case Competition-Application Deadline: December 8

Henkel Innovation Challenge – Application Deadline December 10

Past Competitions

NSHMBA Case Competition

Global Fund for Children MBA Challenge

Tulane Business Plan Competition

Asian MBA Leadership Conference & Career Exposition

Reaching Out Conference for LGBT MBA Students and Business Leaders

Climate-Smart Agriculture: Global Science Conference

John Molson MBA International Case Competition

McGinnis Venture Competition

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

MIT $100K Business Plan Competition

Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge

Venture Capital Investment Competition

Net Impact Competition

Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge

Cleantech Open

Saint Mary’s Sobey School of Business RMA Credit Risk Competition