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Competitive Opportunities for Student Entrepreneurs

The Severino Center supports student entrepreneurs as they seek to learn more about the business aspects of start-ups and early stage companies.

The SCTE helps student teams perfect their business plans, models and presentations for entry into local, regional and national business plan funding competitions. Rensselaer undergraduates and graduate students have participated and won funding in a variety of entrepreneurial business competitions.

Can business plan competitions strengthen your job growth? Yes! Check out this 12-year study about the entrepreneurial impact of the Rice Business Plan Competition.

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Competition Listing

Rensselaer Business Model Competition

This competition is developmental in nature and is intended to be a precursor to other competitions on the traditional business plan competition circuit. It will be used to cultivate the best student teams at Rensselaer to move on and compete at larger venues. $15,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services.


Rensselaer Change the World Challenge

A bi-annual contest to develop innovative, technological ideas with the potential of changing the world.
Open to all current Rensselaer students. $10,000 in prizes each semester.


Class of '51 Entrepreneurship Fund

An annual competition for Rensselaer undergraduate and graduate students to encourage early development of entrepreneurial ideas. $5,000 in prizes.


New York State Business Plan Competition

Newly expanded state-wide competition with over $120K in prizes. (formerly Tech Valley Business Plan Competition)
Multiple tracks covering several industries.

Now open to college students across NYS. Occurs each year in April.

2011 Rensselaer Team Finalists
2012 Rensselaer Team Finalists
2013 Rensselaer Team Finalists


Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge

Designed to recognize and award grants for outstanding student entrepreneurship in the area of environmental sustainability. $20,000 prize.

Undergraduate and Graduate students under the guidance of professors from colleges and universities are invited to submit plans for environmental business projects. Participants must present a sustainable, profitable business plan for a new product or business process with a measurable positive environmental benefit.  This could include preserving clean air, water, and soil; reducing waste; improving energy efficiency or developing renewable energy ideas; and promoting healthy living for people and communities.  Plans and presentations must quantify their ability to provide benefits in one or more of the above areas. For more information contact: oconng@rpi.edu.

2012 Rensselaer 2nd Place winners at the National Level: DripDrop

2014 Rensselaer winner at NorthEast Regional level: Actasys


Rice University Business Plan Competition

The world’s richest and largest business plan competition.
This competition attracts teams from across the globe to pitch their new technology business plans to more than 250 judges who themselves are successful venture capital investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. Total awards in 2010 competition exceeded $1 million.

2009 Rensselaer Participant: Intellidemia
2009 Rensselaer Participant: Troy Research Corporation


Price Chopper Ultimate Innovation Competition

An opportunity to get your most innovative ideas noticed by the retail industry. $30,000 in prizes.

2010 Lally School Winners


Rensselaer High School Business Plan Competition

The competition provides an opportunity for teams of high school students to win prizes and exchange ideas in an intellectually vibrant environment.

Please contact the Severino Center Director for further funding sources: SCTE@rpi.edu.

 

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