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We firmly believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurial thinking. That is why we are excited to introduce engineering students to various startup pitch competitions. These contests are more than just competitions; they are a unique opportunity to hone skills in articulating groundbreaking ideas, deepen understanding of real-world problems, and master the art of crafting viable business models. Whether you are nurturing a fledgling idea or ready to showcase a well-developed concept, these competitions offer a platform to challenge your creativity, validate your solutions, and connect with industry leaders and potential investors. Dive into entrepreneurship, test your limits, and take a significant step towards realizing your innovative visions. Explore the list below to find the perfect pitch competition for you and embark on an unforgettable journey of growth and discovery.

Unleash Your Innovative Potential: Enter the World of Startup Pitch Competitions

Event date: To be determined Ideas Challenge Applications open fall 2024

Encourages students to prepare a compelling application that demonstrates creative, careful, and methodical planning, but it will not require a fully developed business plan.

Event date: April 15, 2024 Aggie PITCH Applications close Feb. 18, 2024

This high-energy contest serves as a platform to display the exceptional startups currently being developed by Texas A&M current and former students.

Event date: March 30, 2024 Problems Worth Solving Applications open spring 2024

This competition asks participants to explore this critical part of the entrepreneur’s journey - identifying and exploring problems that could be the basis for a great business - no solutions are required.

Event date: May 21-22, 2024 Texas A&M New Ventures Competition Applications close Feb. 29, 2024

The competition recognizes Texas-based companies with high-growth potential and provides seed funding to help them effectively execute their ideas and advance product development.

Event date: April 4-6, 2024 Rice Business Plan Competition Applications are closed

The competition, entering its 24th year, gives collegiate entrepreneurs real-world experience to pitch their startups, enhance their business strategy and learn what it takes to launch a successful company. Students must have a graduate student on the team.