Why Enter a Business Plan Competition?

Business competitions provide an excellent opportunity to hone your business plan, improve your presentation and pitch skills and get funding or prize money for your venture!


Course-based Competitions 

These competitions are run as a part of BDIC 397: Introduction to Entrepreneurship.  The competition is open to current student of the class, former student of the class, or anyone who receives permission from one of the course instructors.  

  • Fall & Spring > Isenberg Elevator Pitch Competition ($100 in prizes)
  • Fall & Spring > Isenberg Concept Competition ($1,000 in prizes)


UMass Innovation Challenge Competitions

This series of competitions and training events are for students and recent alumni of UMass Amherst.

  • Fall & Spring > MinutePitch ($2,500)
  • Fall > Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch ($10,000 in prizes)
  • Spring > Mini-Plan Competition & Business Plan Competition (>$50,000 in prizes)


Other Business Plan Competitions