The Next Play Venture Pitch Tournament


The Next Play Venture Tournament is a national business plan competition focused on sustainability and sports. At the tournament, attendees will present their solutions for incorporating sustainability into the sports world, and they will be judged by and have the chance to network with professionals in both the sports and sustainability industries. Participants will be competing for more than $35,000 in funding and in-kind services.

Because we want these ideas to address 3 vital areas in the sports industry as well as respect sustainability's triple bottom line, there are 3 tracks in which teams can enter their venture pitches: facilities, products and non-profits.


Competition Organizer

Davidson College

*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Green
  • Technology - Other
  • Specialized Industries
  • iStart
Who's Eligible

To focus on the sports theme of the competition, teams of undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities with a women's or men's basketball team in the NCAA Tournament are invited to participate in the competition.

Important Dates

Registration deadline is March 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

The competition will take place at Davidson College in Davidson, NC on April 10-12, 2014.

Competition Prizes

2nd place track winners will each receive $1000.

In the finals, 2nd place winners will each receive $5000.

In the finals, both the for-profit champ and non-profit champ will receive $8000.

In addition to the cash prize, the for-profit champion will receive membership into a start-up incubator that offers working space, legal services, financial services, marketing services and professional mentoring valued at $11,800.

Other Info

Applications will be confirmed and approved on a rolling basis, so the sooner your team submits its application, the sooner you can prepare to compete at Davidson College in April! - See more at: