Competitions & Opportunities for Student Entrepreneurial Projects (Database of Competitions)
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This list is in order of the date it is due annually. If you know of any others, please forward them to Alex, ajz9uc@virginia.edu
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NameLocationDue DateMoney/AwardWebsiteNotesUVA Teams Who Got It
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VentureWell E-Team Grant
Boston02 - February$5,000 & $25,000 & $50,000 (three stages)
http://venturewell.org/student-grants/
They like prototypes
Intelliject, Agrospheres, Phoenix-Aid
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Infy Maker AwardsN/A02 - February$10,000http://www.infymakers.com/Infosys Foundation USA has launched its second year of the Infy Maker Awards competition to provide $10,000 to adult Makers who are working on social impact projects and tackling important challenges. This year’s themes are education, health, environmental sustainability and combating hunger.
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FLoW Transformational Idea Award
Los Angeles, CA
02 - February$5,000
http://www.flow.caltech.edu/transformational-idea-award
FLoW’s Transformation Idea Award recognizes outstanding pre-commercial ideas and applied research projects focused on cleantech and sustainability. By participating in this track of the competition, students can share their innovations with knowledgeable business experts, gaining insight on what it takes to become an entrepreneur and start a business. Instead of creating a formal business plan, students on this track create an overview presentation showcasing how their innovation might be transformed into a business opportunity.
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Food & Ag Entrepreneurship Academy
Davis, CA02 - FebruaryAcademy
http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/food-and-ag-entrepreneurship-academy
An intensive opportunity to explore the market opportunities surrounding your ideas/research.
Daily seminars and interactive sessions taught by leading investors, industry executives and entrepreneurs.
The tools to communicate the broader potential of your research.
Evening mentoring sessions with industry executives and investors.
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Cleantech to Market
Berkeley, CA
02 - February1,000 of comprehensive market research
http://ei.haas.berkeley.edu/education/c2m/application-faqs.html
Selected technologies will receive approximately 1,000 hours of comprehensive market research. The program culminates in December with an in-depth market report, a public symposium showcasing the innovations, and presentation materials to be used for prospective investors or grant applications.
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VentureWell E-Team Grant
Boston05 - May$5,000 & $25,000 & $50,000 (three stages)
http://venturewell.org/student-grants/
They like prototypes
Intelliject, Agrospheres, Phoenix-Aid
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MGH Student Prize Award
Boston, MA
05 - May$100,000
http://www.massgeneral.org/apf/studentprize/
This 9th Annual Student Technology Prize in Primary Healthcare is a unique $200,000 competition for engineering students to encourage and support innovative clinically-relevant, primary-care technology concepts.
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Tiny FellowshipVirtual09 - September$10,000 equity-freehttps://4pt0.org/apply/The Tiny Fellowship takes aspiring founders (like you!) from an idea with early traction to a proof point that is ready to grow. You’ll learn how to plan, run, and evaluate a recurring, part-time pilot (e.g. after-school club). As a Tiny Fellow, you’ll receive coaching from experts, a $10K grant, and a community of peers, all pushing them to run disciplined tests. By the end of the Tiny Fellowship, you’ll have evidence that your idea works, that people want it, and have support for moving forward.ReInventED Lab
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UVA Experiential Learning FundVirtual9 - September$1,000+
https://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/Experiential_Learn_Fund/
The purpose of the Experiential Learning Fund is to support extracurricular design-implementation engineering projects in which students learn by doing, often (but not necessarily) in the spirit of competition. These funds result from the commitment of a donor to realizing the potential of hands-on student learning at the University of Virginia.
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Jefferson Trust Grant
Charlottesville, VA
9 - September$10,000 + https://jeffersontrust.org/apply/To promote excellence throughout the University of Virginia by providing catalytic support to the University community for initiatives in pursuit of Jeffersonian ideals.
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UVA Parents Fund
Charlottesville, VA
9 - September$10,000
http://uvaparents.virginia.edu/grants-scholarships/grants/
Last year, the Parents Fund Committee allocated more than $1.1 million to organizations spanning the arts, athletics, culture, religion, science, technology, safety, wellness, and leadership. We also provided essential support to the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the President, the Meriwether Lewis Leadership Institute, and the 1515 University Avenue student center. We’re proud of our efforts to make the undergraduate experience at UVA truly extraordinary.InMedBio (Phoenix-Aid)
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VentureWell E-Team Grant
Boston10 - October$5,000 & $25,000 & $50,000 (three stages)
http://venturewell.org/student-grants/
They like prototypes
Intelliject, Agrospheres, Phoenix-Aid
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Harrison Grant
Charlottesville, VA
12 - December$3,000
http://www.virginia.edu/cue/harrison.html
program funds outstanding undergraduate research projects to be carried out in the summer following application for the award and the subsequent academic year.
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Jefferson Public Citizens Grant
Charlottesville, VA
12 - DecemberVarieshttp://www.virginia.edu/jpc/Have an idea for a community-based research project? JPC provides funding for students to design hands-on research projects in collaboration with community partners and faculty mentors.
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Dorm Room FundVirtualOngoingDependshttp://dormroomfund.com/Actual investment for ventures run by students. At least one member must be a full time student
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