Business Plan Competitions

Cozad New Venture Competition

CNVC is designed to encourage students to create new businesses. Teams are invited to create a venture around a topic of their choice. The competition process offers teams assistance in the form of: mentors to help guide them through the phases of venture creation, workshops to help with idea validation, pitching skills, customer development, and more. The co-founding team must consist of at least 30% University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students and the overall team should be at least 50% students.


A business plan competition that typically seeks more developed startups seeking an A round of funding.


This three-stage program provides grant funding, experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity to help teams manifest their projects' full commercial potential. The E-Team Program cultivates opportunities for collegiate technology entrepreneurs by providing early-stage support and funding of up to $25,000. 

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition 

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business competition designed to highlight Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity.