40 Prestigious Business Plan Competitions Every Entrepreneur Should Know About


Business is inherently competition, so it’s no surprise that making a contest out of planning a business has caught on. Cities, townships, states, government branches, and anyone else who wants to see good ideas flourish has gotten into the game. With dozens to hundreds of competitors and high-dollar purses, many business plan competitions have emerged as innovators’ biggest hope for startup capital, as well as the prestige of winning that brings that crucial early-stage exposure. From student phenoms to aged sages, there’s something on this list for anyone with an enterprising spirit.

Although most require teams to feature at least one current or graduated native student, the competitions at these respected universities and business schools foster some of the best upcoming entrepreneurial talent in the country. Check the “Find a Team” or similar pages to recruit a qualifying partner.

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