Conferences and Business Plan Competitions

A comprehensive listing of conferences and business plan competitions, including application deadlines


Berkeley HAAS Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition

Calling all entrepreneurs! The Investing in Inclusion Pitch Competition is an avenue for MBA students and their teams to pitch start-up ventures related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Up to $15,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top teams who demonstrate a vision and potential to generate a positive impact!

Venture Focus Areas

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender/Gender identity
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Intellectual, Mental, Physical Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Former Incarceration

Team Requirements

  • At least one team member must be a current MBA Student
  • Other team members may be fellow students, community members, business partners, or otherwise
  • Travel stipends may be available to teams outside of the Bay Area

Application Deadline

February 7, 2020

Event Date

March 6, 2020


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U21/PwC Innovation Challenge 2019-2020


This competition was launched in 2018 to create worldwide talent networks through which U21 students obtain exposure to new global employment opportunities, showcasing their knowledge, skills and talents to potential employers. For more information, go here.


The winners will be awarded an expenses-paid trip to Dubai (7 days) courtesy of PwC where students will be able to explore the city and also see some of the innovative projects taking place. Runner-up prizes will include career development coaching with the PwC Academy. Everyone entered into the U21 competition will receive access to online training via the PwC Academy; the assessment and certificate fees will be covered by PwC.


The mission is to answer the challenge question posed by PwC/U21 in a compelling three minute video.

Each registered university will be able to submit a maximum of 4 videos to the challenge.

Students will submit their videos to the GSM Selection committee.  The committee can select up to four videos.  After selected, the student will submit the video to U21/PwC Innovation Challenge


Review the U21/PwC Innovation Challenge Handbook.


Video submission is February 10 . Please submit videos here.

This Year's Challenge Question: How can universities help individuals gain a broader perspective on the long-term impact and consequences of their day-to-day actions on people, society and the environment? What types of jobs will an environmentally-sensitive economy need, and what is the best way to prepare students for them?

VCIC Business Plan Competition 2020

The VCIC 2020 is the perfect opportunity if you are interested in the Venture Capital industry and would like to network with professional investors! UC Davis Graduate School of Management is invited to send a team of 5 graduate students plus a Team Shadow and/or a Judge Shadow to the event.

If you have any questions or would like to join this competition, please contact The Finance Club:

Jing Zhang

Registration Deadline

Friday, November 15, 2019

Event Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

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