Other Competition Opportunities

Across the country year-round there are numerous competitions open to the MSU community. Discover a multitude of exciting opportunities to showcase your innovative ideas and talents through various pitch competitions. This curated page compiles a diverse range of pitch competitions, presented in chronological order based on upcoming deadlines. Stay informed and seize the chance to propel your entrepreneurial journey forward. Explore, participate, and unleash your potential with the Mississippi State E-Center’s comprehensive guide to pitch competitions – where your ideas take center stage!

Upcoming Opportunities

Programming Date: April 18-19, 2024

Deadline: January 31, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CST

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate

The E-Team Program, part of the VentureWell Accelerator, is designed to help student innovators in their entrepreneurial journey. The program offers up to $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding, intensive training, mentorship, and networking opportunities. It focuses on teams with scalable innovations aiming to solve significant social, health, or environmental challenges. I thought you would be interested in applying for this program and wanted to share more details with you!

Pioneer In-Person Workshop Dates: April 18-19, 2024
Propel In-Person Workshop Dates: May 2-3, 2024

Programming Date: February 27-29, 2024

Deadline: February 1, 2024, 10:59 p.m. CT

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate

Sponsored by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the American-Made EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP), where student teams compete for cash prizes for successfully identifying a promising energy technology, assessing its market potential, and creating a business plan for commercialization. Develop and present a business plan that leverages National Laboratory-developed or other emerging energy technologies developed by students, faculty, or industry. Throughout the competition, you will receive mentorship and materials to help you succeed, all while competing for part of $400,000+ in cash prizes.

Date: March 23-24, 2024

Deadline: February 1, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CST

Eligibility: Undergraduate

TCU Values and Ventures invites undergraduate student entrepreneurs from all around the world to compete for over $100,000 in prizes. In Fort Worth, Texas at TCU’s Neeley School of Business from March 22-24th, top selected teams will connect with likeminded values-focused undergrads from across the globe; network with judges, mentors, faculty, and potential investors; and compete for the $40,000 Grand Prize. TCU’s team will be hosting informational Q&As on Tuesday, January 23rd at 11 AM CST, and Monday, January 29th at 5 PM CST using the following Zoom link: (https://tcu.zoom.us/j/3137021558).

Date: April 11-13, 2024

Deadline: February 9, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CST

Eligibility: Primarily Graduate Students

The $100k Heartland Challenge is designed to simulate the process of raising venture capital for a high-growth venture. This graduate student competition allows students to gain valuable experience and networking opportunities, while developing new ventures that may be based on their own ideas/technologies or those developed by others.