Saturday, November 07, 2009

World-Changing Business-Plan Competitions

1) The Imagine H2O Prize Competition

The inaugural Imagine H2O Prize competition is now open for submissions. The competition offers prizes of $70,000 in cash and in-kind services, which will be awarded to the business plans which promise the greatest breakthroughs in the efficient use and supply of water.

The Imagine H2O Prize is designed to encourage the competitive and ambitious spirits of entrepreneurs, investors, experts, inventors and academics around the world to focus on water issues. This inaugural business plan challenge focuses on solutions to improve water efficiency in agriculture, commercial, industrial or residential applications, such as water demand reduction, improved water use, water recycling and/or reuse.
Deadline: November 16th. Details:

2) William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition

The William James Foundation supports entrepreneurs who are starting for-profit businesses with defined social and/or environmental goals. We can best help entrepreneurs who are passionate about their expertise (e.g. renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, moving people out of poverty, etc.) but are new to starting their own for-profit business. These entrepreneurs come from all over the world, and range from teenagers starting a community business to PhDs with multi-million dollar ideas for renewable energy.

We provide this help through a Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition. Entrants start by submitting a short executive summary (no more than five pages) by December 4th, 2009. Almost all entrants will receive an average of ten pages of constructive feedback per plan per round. This feedback comes from our pool of hundreds of experts from the worlds of finance, academia, in-the-field practice, and other entrepreneurs. This is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn from those who have successfully combined their passion for a better world with the rigor of financial sustainability. The top entrants will also have a shot at dozens of prizes that are together worth more than $100,000. Please visit to see who can enter and how to do so.
Deadline: December 4th

3) Park Street Church Social Change Competition

The objective of the Social Change Competition (SCC) is to harness the high-powered education of New England students to engage them in missions that will create new initiatives and propel advanced thinking. The proposals should address the problems of this world as they relate to poverty and immoral and unjust practices in specific areas of the world, particularly in places that have the least amount of exposure to the good news of Jesus Christ. Proposals can also address detrimental environmental issues and offer new ideas to create renewable energy. By relating the good news of Jesus to these issues, it is hoped that a new strategy of missions will emerge that may concentrate on the poor, the disadvantaged, and the environment.

Deadline: Intent to submit: Oct 20th (but hopefully if you’re interested you can submit this part late). Final proposal due Dec. 1st

4) LEEDS Net Impact Case Competition- February 19-20

The Leeds Net Impact Case Competition is the premier case format competition built around businesses facing sustainability challenges, while succeeding financially. This competition brings the top rated business schools and future industry leaders to Boulder, Colorado for a two-day event. The competition is an opportunity to bring together students, executives and businesses who share a common commitment to sustainable business practices and financial returns.

Some of this year's benefits include:

1. $10,000 in prize money
2. Great networking opportunity
3. Discounted lodging in historic Downtown Boulder, Colorado
4. More to come....

Deadline: Register by November 16th Details:

5) Social Impact Exchange Business Plan Competition
(Social Impact Exchange is a collaboration between Duke University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Scaling Social Impact Competition is a business plan competition that identifies social sector scaling initiatives with demonstrated impact and readiness to grow – and supports them with up to $100,000 of financial and consulting awards. The Competition helps develop a strong pipeline of growth ready organizations and provides them with the resources to successfully take the next steps in their growth trajectory.

Deadline: December 18th Details:

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