University of Southern California

External Competitions

Are you a USC student entrepreneur interested in competing in external venture competitions? Greif faculty are here to help you prepare and win! If you are taking a BAEP course, speak to your professor. Other undergraduate students, please contact professor Patrick Henry; graduate students, please contact professor Steven Mednick.

LeanModel Start-up Competition

The LeanModel™ Competition is designed to assist and reward student based start-ups from California and Baja California's top four year universities. This competition will draw students from the local community within the state and provide them an opportunity to pitch their start-up to potential investors and compete for awards. A distinguished panel of serial entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, C-Level executives will judge each team's business model.

Entry Deadline: Expired

Reality Show Competition

Have an idea, or building a prototype? Need some extra financing or visibility? Don't want to give up ownership? Create a 2-minute pitch and submit it to thestartupUSA@americasstartup.com and enter into a competition that may change your life.

Entry deadline: Expired

Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization that runs the world's largest accelerator for cleantech startups. Teams must have at least one U.S. resident and have less than $1,000,000 in funding.

Entry Deadline: Super early bird application: March 1, 2014

Early Bird Application: April 1, 2014

Final Application: May 1, 2014

UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition

Each applicant team must represent a U.S. based university, college, community college, or technical institute. Teams must be comprised such that at least 50% of the principals are currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of application.

Entry deadline: March 17, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge

Formerly the Tepper Venture Challenge, the Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge is an annual undergraduate business plan competition providing student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to receive feedback from experts in the entrepreneurial community, win monetary prizes, and acquire legal services that will help advance an idea to the next stage in the entrepreneurial process. Apply Now

Entry deadline: March 18, 2014

FinCapDev Competition

A $100,000 Prize Purse. Startup Cash. Tech Resources. Expert Consult. FinCapDev is a mobile app development competition that helps millions of underserved Americans make smarter financial choices and achieve better access to financial services. Learn More

Entry Deadline: April 7, 2014

Rice Business Plan Competition

Self-proclaimed "world's richest and largest" graduate-level business plan competition, the Rice Business Plan Competition is hosted by Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. Open to graduate students enrolled in degree program. Prizes available surpassing $1,000,000.

Entry Deadline: February 21, 2014

California Dreamin' at Chapman

The California Dreamin' competition brings together students from top entrepreneurship programs. The is event is by invitation only. Schools selected to participate determine the team to compete.

Entry Deadline: by invitation, contact Nicole Cooper at ncooper@chapman.edu

AASU Entrepreneurial Ventures Competition

Conference and venture competition organized by the African-American Student Union at the Harvard Business School, focused on innovation and the African-American entrepreneur.

Entry Deadline: Spring 2014, not yet announced

LeanModel Startup Competition at San Diego State University

A competition for start-ups from California and Baja California's four-year universities. This competition provides students an opportunity to pitch their start-up to potential investors and compete for awards. Open to all students (undergrad, graduate, and Ph.D) enrolled in a four-year university in California.

Entry Deadline: Entry deadline: registration due December 13, 2013

Multi-media models due January 24, 2014

Empact Showcase

Empact Showcase is a platform highlighting the power of young entrepreneurs and the important role that they play in solving some of the world's most pressing issues. Application to be added to platform is open to teams where all founders are under the age of 35 as of August, 2013 & business had 2012 revenue greater than $100,000

Entry Deadline: Expired (January 3, 2014)

Competition Deadlines

Expired*

LeanModel Start-up Competition


Expired*

Reality Show Competition


March 1, 2014*

Cleantech Open


March 17, 2014*

UCCS Sports/Outdoors Business Plan Competition


March 18, 2014*

Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge


April 7, 2014*

FinCapDev Competition


February 21, 2014*

Rice Business Plan Competition


by invitation*

California Dreamin' at Chapman


Spring 2014*

AASU Entrepreneurial Ventures Competition


Expired*

LeanModel Startup Competition at San Diego University


Expired*

Empact Showcase

*Exact date TBD