Allows students to apply the art and science of venture investing by letting them assume the role of venture capitalists and evaluate and “fund” investment opportunities for a day using strategic investment criteria, valuation, capitalization tables, term sheets, and other tools of the trade. Real entrepreneurs who are currently seeking funding present their startups to the VCIC teams, while the teams are judged by experienced venture capitalists.
Free online database of competitions, job oppoturnities, scholarships, and awards ranging from business to art to sciences, availalbe for all individuals regardless of age or level of education.
A crowdsourced database of competitions, grants, fellowships and awards in support of over 600 innovations that help NGOs, innovators, social enterprises, and developing-world communities leverage appropriate technology solutions to share and discover sustainable solutions to problems of poverty.
Recognizes and rewards students and 18 universities for their innovation and research of sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. The grand prize is a $10,000 award while the runner-up prize is $2,500, along with access to networks of thought leaders and peers.
The Tech Awards honors innovators from around the world — individuals, non-profit organizations and companies — who are applying technology to benefit humanity. The technology used can be either a new invention or an innovative use of an existing technology to significantly improve human conditions in 5 awards categories: environment, education, young innovator, health, and economic development. All laureates are awared cash prizes of $50,000 at the annual gala where more than 1,200 esteemed innovators and members of the world community gather to celebrate the power of technology to address global challenges and benefit humanity.
Hub for academic and career-relevant student competitions, startup contests and idea challenges. Focuses on contests for students who are committed to have an impact on society, especially when it comes to sustainability, greentech/cleantech, or social innovation contests.
Technical platform and list of challenge and prize competitions, all of which are run by more than 80 agencies under the federal government. These include technical, scientific, ideation, and creative competitions where the U.S. government seeks innovative solutions from the public, bringing the best ideas and talent together to solve mission-centric problems.
UC Berkeley’s clearinghouse for information on scholarships that are funded by sources outside the University.
Provides links to Pivot Funding Opportunities Database, tips on external funding resources, and listes of various funding programs ranging from travel grants, limited submission programs, granst for faculty, equipment, women and minorities, etc, and Agency Links (federal, non-profit, state, University of California Grant Programs)
Announcements of research funding opportunities are typically posted on the dedicated websites of the relevant federal agency or other funder, as well as on government-wide sites like Grants.gov. Database of information to locate opportunities that match your needs and interests with various offices across campus providing ideas and search tools that can help.
A system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.
Grants for researchers, top faculty members, government agencies, and community agencies to collaborate and solve the most pressing problems in California. RGPO also provides grants for training undergraduates, graduate and postdoctoral researchers, whose work will benefit California communities.
Database of scholarships, grants and fellowships provided by the Graduate Division for Graduate students at UC Berkeley.
Combines a Competition/Funding Database – updated daily – of over 25,000 opportunities (awards and grants) with a database of over 3 million researcher expertise profiles. Pivot provides graduate students, Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and individual faculty members research opportunities, funding, support and training, and networks of global and local collaboration.
Seed investment competition designed to provide early stage funding to entrepreneurs and start-ups that have innovative ideas that can significantly impact the wireless ecosystem. Qualcomm Ventures will select up to eight finalists from the North American region to compete in a finals competition whereby the winner will receive US$250,000 in convertible note funding.
Vetted through a rigorous 3-month process by a panel of global investors, the Awards bring funding and recognition to the most sustainable and scalable social enterprises that are doing business across India.
The first ever Sankalp Global Innovation Challenge (Sankalp GIC) is a call for innovative technology-based product solutions that can reach the Next 3 Billion (N3B) and contribute to inclusive development. The platform will recognize some of the best innovations from around the world for their relevance to the emerging markets in developing countries (developing Asia, Africa, and Latin America). Top innovators get to showcase their work at the Sankalp Global Summit along with a chance to win prize money upto $50k.
Awards and helps scale-up startups of 4 winning teams who address environmental, economic, technology, and transportation initiatives in Kenya, with hopes that rising investments in entrepreneurship, ecosystem creation and market building will help to boost enterprise activity, and incubate the kind of startups that will go on to become the next mPesa.
Provides social entrepreneurs with scholarships, pro-bono consulting services, executive education courses at Harvard Business School, INSEAD. and Stanford, and invitations to the World Economic Forum. Potential for winners to also be nomiated to the Young Global Leaders network (http://www.weforum.org/community/forum-young-global-leaders) if under 40 years old.
Lists a network of grantmaking enttities in Northern California, including foundations, non-profits, academic institutions, corporate giving programs, government grantmakers, and philanthropic management entities, that give at least $25,000, with links to their respective websites.
Annual citizens’ idea contest that seeks out and rewards between $1000 – $10,000 to the most innovative public policy proposals (grand prize winner receives $10,000; four runners-up receive $1,000 each, and other proposals receive special recognition). For 2016, Pioneer Institute seeks proposals to improve quality and access to care for individuals living with mental health illness through innovative approaches to insurance, health care, human services and partnerships between government agencies and mental health care providers.
Investment competition in 2015 for first level of funding to launch ideas into successful start-ups. Regional winners receive US$100,000, and the Grand Prize Winner receives an additional US$150,000. Provides entrepreneurs in over 8 regions their first level of funding to launch ideas into a successful start-up businesses. Provides seed investments of up to 5 years to technology start-ups.
Provides support and educational programs for entrepreneurs to build economic independence by lowering barriers to entrepreneurial success and educational achievements, with a special focus on improvements in Kansas City.
A total of eight prizes awarded will be awarded in 2017, worth up to $10k-$15k, is open to teams of 2-5 undergraduate students and individual graduate students attending university in the US who have inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy: healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, or consumer devices. (**Patents are encouraged but not required**)
The Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors (either individual or pair), who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted. Potential nomineeds are inventors, venture capitalists, engineers, or other influential professionals in the fields of science, engineering, medical or business.
An annual invention and entrepreneurship competition that awards up to $10,000 per team for innovative service projects that partner with and positively impact underserved communities around the world.
For biomedical and bioengineering students who have ideas for a health device, product, or technology that will address a current medical issue. Winners receive up to $10,000 in funding and recognition at the annual MD&M Medical Device Tradeshow and Convention.
DEBUT challenges teams of students in undergraduate biomedical education to solve real world problems in healthcare. Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded.
Funds social entrepreneurs and early-stage startupsworldwide that can develop better ways to distribute existing proven life-enhancing technologies in health, financial services and technology to actual people in need in developing regions. Mentorship and $10,000-$20,000 is awarded to 5-15 social entrepreneures to help pilot their ideas, launch their work, and attract significant support.
Entrepreneurship competitions for students and recent graduates run by Verb in partnership with global companies, foundations and governments across the world. Verb concentrates on enabling new competitions that will support early-stage social entrepreneurs with training, mentors and seed funding to grow their enterprises.
Teams of talented graduate students work with affordable-housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals to address housing issues in Greater Boston, with up to $3k-10k in prizes
Publishes new grantmaker websites and funding opportunities daily.
Free online database on all U.S. foundations that give grants – more than 100,000 in total – updated weekly
Lists grants available since 2001 concerning scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements, and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Facilitates philanthropists, venture capitalists, and social entrepreneurs by providing prizes up to $150,000, a series of workshops and office hours, and feedback from expert judges. There is a $1,500,000 limit in seed capital raised and a $2,000,000 limit in revenue generated. However, plans to create hedge funds, investments, private equities or venture capital funds are generally not eligible.
Ventures that drive social change using nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid models.
Harvard Business School Alumni pursuing new business and social-impact ventures can participate in one of 15 regional competitions hosted by 18 alumni “hub” clubs around the world. The winning team from each regional competition attends the NVC finale and advances to online crowd vote finals where $2k – $50k is awarded to the top 3 voted teams.
Crowdsourcing platform for corporations, government organizations, and non-profits to collaborate and build social networks of funders, competitors, and partnerships. Lists a database for targeted competitions where you can compete to provide ideas and solutions to important business, social, policy, scientific, and technical challenges, or find possible partners for your projects.
Through the global giving programs, they accelerate and scale the work of innovators around the world who are using technology to combat humanity’s biggest challenges. Locally, they support nonprofits in their efforts to tackle society’s greatest challenges and make our communities stronger.
Seeks to facilitate international science cooperation by providing a free open-resource and grant-listing forum for funders and grantseekers interested in collaborative international research and education.
Comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level., with five library/learning centers and at more than 450 Funding Information Network locations nationwide and around the world.
Up to $300,000 in funding for teams with ideas for social impact across a number of categories. At least one team member must be a student at UC Berkeley or a Big Ideas partner university.
Cultivates opportunities for student technology entrepreneurs by providing early-stage support and funding of up to $25,000. The three-stage program provides grant funding, experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity to help teams manifest their projects’ full commercial potential.
Provides social entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and up to $1k – $25k in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.
Funding database that aims to support enterprises that change the world, as well as workshops that provide business development training for early-stage entrepreneurs who are post-revenue and pre-outside investment. Each year, Village Capital runs ten sector-based programs around the world, with half of their programs based in the US, and half based internationally.
Competition to promote innovation and seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Winners will be selected for awards of $100,000, $200,000, and $300,000 which will be paid in equal installments over three years.
Competition that seeks innovators and social entrepreneurs to submit appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas, which are later showcased on the Solutions Database, giving international spotlight to projects, and allowing them to be supported through virtual and regional workshops, training, and coaching. Awards winners prizes between 5,000 Euro to 50,000 EUR.
Database of startups, professionials, markets and their locations, salaries and evaluations of startups, and incubators. Also provides a list of over 45k startup jobs and detailed information, access to top deals through investor-led syndicates, learning opportunities from angels and Venture Capitalists, fundraising opportunities for over 800 startups, team recruitment, and trending startups.
List of awards for clean tech and sustainable, humanitarian design, as well as a separate grants for humanitarian technology projects.
Here you can find ways to get actively involved in global development via paid and volunteer opportunities, as well as some funding opportunities. You can also submit an opportunity to be distributed to E4C’s talented and diverse community.
Compete for cash and prizes and represent your school in competition encouraging innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity in students who are working on cutting-edge inventions at their colleges and universities nationwide.
The Intel-Cornell Cup is a college-level embedded design competition created to empower student teams to become the inventors of the newest innovative applications of embedded technology. Teams have the opportunity to win up to $7,500.
International competition among business start-ups encouraging innovation in the urban food system to create businesses and discover technologies that will improve how we feed cities around the world. Finalists will prepare for 12 weeks with a mentor to compete and prepare for Showcase Day, where teams can win prizes totaling $50,000 and an incredible package of business startup products and services (split according to the number of categories that we discover after submissions are reviewed).
Interdisciplinary innovation competition open to all undergraduate students and recent graduates of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Winners earn a cash prize of $20,000 for first place and $10,000 for second place, a free U.S. patent filing by Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing, valued at approximately $20,000, for both the first-place and second-place winners, a People’s Choice Award of $5,000 selected by online and text voting during the event, and acceptance into the summer cohort of Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech business creation and innovation program.
A premier business-plan competition and mentorship program for university and graduate students with ideas at various stages of development addressing food and agribusiness. Finalists will present their business plan at the Award Ceremony and compete to win, with up to $25,000 in total prize money will be awarded ($12k, $8k, and $5k for first through third place, respectively).
Resources and mentorship for companies working on: connected mobile sensors and platforms; ultra-low power computing platforms for wearable connected devices; robotics for consumer electronics; or thermal management materials and architectures. Winners extended support from Samsung mentors and engineers, and an additional $5,000 in funding for a total of $10,000 in seed funds for participation in CITRIS Foundry.
6 month incubator program + 6 month extension option that provides additional resources and mentorship for companies working to solve today’s pressing energy and climate problems. Winners receive an additional $5,000 in funding for a total of $10,000 in seed funds for participation in The Foundry, as well as access to BECI‘s extensive network of energy and climate experts from both UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.
Resources and mentors for companies working on health-related technologies that combine traditional life science with integrated digital technologies (software, hardware and/or services). Winners are accepted into the QB3 Startup-in-a-Box program (6 month incubator program + 6 month continuation option) and have access to the QB3@953 shared space, mentors, and entrepreneurial community.
Up to $1 million in prizes for innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies who create innovate, market-based technological solutions for social issues addressing 4 main categories and varying issues within these categories. The first place winners in each of the four main categories (education, health care, sustainability and transportation) will each receive $1 million. Two additional winners in each category will receive $250,000 each for a total of $6 million in prize money from Verizon.
Offers competitions and awards cash prizes honoring entrepreneurial ventures and city, state and national governments supporting entrepreneurial ventures that are changing the world – helping to improve the quality of life and revitalize the environment and economy of communities and developing regions through sustainable transportation (New Mobility) enterprise. Competitions include: Global Grand Mobi, Michigan Mobi, Enterprising City/State/Nation Mobi, Mobi – x India: honoring New Mobility related entrepreneurs, big businesses and government agencies, and the New Opportunity: For Connected And Automated Mobility Solutions, as well as the People’s Choice Voting. Applicants receive access to the Mobi platform, a cyberspace that crowd sources, connects, honors and advances New Mobility enterprises globally.
Offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Organizes Online Challenges in subjects such as robot construction, sustainable engineering, animation, and video production, with the chance to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championships and VEX IQ Challenge-based engineering competitions.
The VEX U college and university competition has nearly 300 teams competing in local tournaments and at VEX Worlds. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in VEX U students get to apply the theoretical STEM knowledge they learn in their college courses, while picking-up many of the academic and life skills necessary to excel in the work force.
Provides students with a hands-on, co-curricular competition for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and complements the existing technology-related competitions offered by the Technology Student Association (TSA). (STEM) and complements other competitions offered by the Technology Student Association (TSA).
TSA VEX teams compete either at events held at TSA state conferences or at other tournaments. The season culminates with a championship event at the TSA VEX National Championship, held in conjunction with the National TSA Conference
Purpose is to accelerate the growth of early-stage ventures affiliated with UC Berkeley that have a minimum viable product and some measurable validation with the singular goal of preparing new ventures to be investor-ready. A total prize amount of $15,000 will be shared among the top two or three teams during a 2.5-month program that includes workspace, access to a broad network of advisors and mentors (with the possibility of a match), and a vibrant community of entrepreneurs.
Provides six innovators aged 30 or under cash prizes of $10,000 along with support and mentorship for projects involving innovative and scaleable technologies or initiatives that tackle challenges of sustainabile living related to one or more of the 8 Global Goals for Sustainabile Development (SDGs). One winner receives a $50k cash prize and is awarded at the HRH The prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreur Prize at an event in London and $25k worht of support and mentoring.
Supports early-stage social entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds in the UK with various Awards programs that provides funding, advice, networking, and practical support. Also provides research, policy and advocacy work, to understand and develop a supportive environment for social entrepreneurs.
An intensive 11 month program offered to 20 social entrepreneurs in England and the Greater London area, providing £20,000 in match grants, as well as Venture and Investment Managers, social and legal support, consultancy, and invitations to themed events. Runs themed and regional cohorts every year, with the 2016 theme on Education, Training and Skills.
Provites multiple cash prizes worth $1k – $40k to social entrepreneurs and investors with innovative ideas or ventures in education from around the world, ranging from those structured on local or global needs, public or private issues, Pre-K through adult education, and social or for-profit ventures.
Features different competitions such as the “Food Innovation Challenge, Society of Arts Entrepreneurship Education, awards, conferences, certificate programs, and “experiential exercises and classrooms” for entrepreneurship scholars and educators.
Provides a list of Awards addressing Entrepreneurship Achievement and Advocacy, Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education, and Excellence in Entrepreneurship Research, Case Development and Workshop Development/Presentatio.
Opportunity for the private sector to solve the VA’s most pressing challenges across three topics: suicide intervention, improving veterans’ receptivity to mental healthcare, and improving mental wellness.
A year-round grant competition for innovative ideas, pilots and tests them using cutting-edge analytical methods, and scales solutions that demonstrate widespread impact and cost-effectivenes in developing countries.
3-month elite startup accelerator and competition designed to transform early stage startups into fundable companies, bringing together entrepreneurs, students and alumni from across the greater UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco communities. Teams are paired with serial-entrepreneur mentors and are led through a rigorous curriculum by the acclaimed UC Berkeley Faculty and can be awarded over $90,000 in cash and prizes at the annual Startup Expo and Demo Day.
Platform for Berkeley participants to launch startup companies in the real-world setting. Awards include office space, mentorship, and prize money, up to $30,000!