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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

National Pitch Competitions

Pitch Competitions for young entrepreneurs interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation program provides students with the context, skills, knowledge, discipline and experience to succeed in our rapidly changing world. Our students understand, and can apply, the problem-solving skills, practiced self-efficacy and self-advocacy, and goal setting to lead teams, projects and ventures within a context of uncertainty. Our students can identify personal and professional purpose, and know how to sell themselves and their ideas.

Lake Forest College’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation program accelerates the process of entrepreneurship and resilience by encouraging students to become practicing entrepreneurs. Students from all academic departments have access to events, workshops, mentoring and competitions that enable them to test and refine their founder skills.


National Pitch Competitions

  • Baylor Business New Venture Competition

    The Baylor New Venture Competition on-campus event is a two-day business plan competition and elevator pitch competition promoting student entrepreneurship. The competition showcases student created, managed, and owned ventures. Competitors from accredited universities across the globe receive expert feedback, coaching, and a prize package of cash and crucial in-kind business support services, to launch and grow their ventures.

  • CodeLaunch

    CodeLaunch is an annual seed accelerator for people and groups with ideas for “apps” who are seeking seed funding. Entries are submitted online. Any software ideas are taken, even just having an idea for an app is acceptable.

  • E-Fest

    e-Fest’s mission is to improve the success rates of new ventures by promoting exceptional entrepreneurship teaching and thought leadership.

  • Megawatt Ventures

    This competition is designed for student teams developing renewable energy and energy efficiency-related technologies.Teams should me made up of members with a diverse background in business and technical fields

  • MIT Clean Energy Prize

    The MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) is the oldest and largest student-run business plan competition in the US, with the mission to both INSPIRE and PREPARE the next generation of leaders to take on the world’s most pressing energy challenges.

  • Notre Dame McCloskey Business Plan Competition

    Do you have an idea for a new product, service or technology? If so, you are the perfect candidate for the McCloskey New Venture Competition!

  • Pitch HER

    This pitch competition will bring leading women entrepreneurs to the Grace Hopper Celebration – the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.

  • Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition

    This international competition epitomizes the TCU Neeley’s mission – to develop ethical leaders with a global perspective who help shape the business environment – by encouraging student entrepreneurs to develop for-profit enterprises that impact society in meaningful ways.

  • Social Impact Summit

    The Social Impact Pitch Competition is open to individuals, nonprofits, and social ventures that are starting new programs or services to solve needs in local communities or around the globe.

  • Student Entrepreneur Program

    The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Student Entrepreneur Program (WBENC SEP) fosters growth for the next generation of women-owned businesses.

  • TechLaunch Bullpen

    TechLaunch BullPen - the monthly pitch event similar to “Shark Tank” – a perfect way to get priceless advice and mentoring, as well as the attention of investors, all while your early stage tech company prepares for growth.

  • The Midwest Trading Competition

    Students from across the nation who share a passion for trading and quantitative finance come together for this competition, where they compete in teams in simulated trading, connect with each other, and extensively network with sponsor firms and employers.

  • Tiger Launch

    TigerLaunch combines networking, mentorship and funding opportunities to craft a distinct experience that competitors can carry with them far beyond our event.

  • Top Student Startup

    We’re bringing together the best, emerging student-founded startups to a single stage in New York City with 15 teams pitching to judges in front of a live audience.

  • U.Pitch

    U.Pitch brings together the best students from a cross-section of universities in this ultimate national elevator pitch competition. In just 90 seconds, students compete for national recognition and a prize pool of $10,000.