Business plan competitions are an effective way to gain funding for your venture and hear feedback from seasoned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Use the business plan competition as an opportunity to get clear about your business model. 


1776 Challenge Cup: A worldwide tournament for the most promising, world-changing startups to wish cash prizes, make international connections and share their vision on a global stage. http://www.1776.vc

Anzisha Prize: Seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. http://www.anzishaprize.org

Buckminster Fuller Challenge: Open to architects, activists, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, students, planners, and thought-leaders who have innovative solutions to some of humanity's most pressing problems. http://bfi.org

Cartier Women's Initiative Awards: Aims to encourage the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up. http://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/ 

D-Prize: D-Prize is for all aspiring entrepreneurs. You may come from anywhere in the world, be any age, and have any background. You must be committed, highly skilled, and ready to work hard to scale-up your impact as a long term career. http://www.d-prize.org/

Hello Tomorrow: A global start-up competition covering all major fields of technology. http://hello-tomorrow.org

MIT GSW: Annual Business Plan Competition offers you an opportunity to gain the seen money you need to take your company to the next level. http://2016.mitgsw.org

MIT Africa Innovate Conference Business Plan Competition (Held in the Spring)*: Annual business plan competition open to all. https://sloanafrica.scripts.mit.edu

TechCrunch: TechCrunch Disrupt is the world's leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies, and discussing what's top of mind for the tech industry's key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties. http://techcrunch.com

Venture Capital Investment Competition: Entrepreneurs receive an immersion in venture capital: multiple term sheets, mock negotiations with top MBA students and lunch with a panel of venture capitalists. http://www.vcic.org 

Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project: Competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a  better world. Application period usually opens in October or November. http://vodafone-us.com

Wharton Africa Business Forum (Held in the Fall)*: Annual business plan competition open to all. http://whartonafrica.com/ 

Zambezi Prize: Raises awareness of entrepreneurship and financial inclusion to fuel broad-based prosperity. http://zambezi.mit.edu/