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Upcoming Competitions

RISE to the Challenge:         

May 2, 2018

Submission deadline for the Rise to the Challenge Business Pitch Competition: March 25, 2018
For additional information or to submit an application, click R.S.V.P.


Competition is an important force in the marketplace. It spurs innovation, invites critical review, and creates points of reference for evaluating value.

In the context of venture pitch and business plan competitions, it affords entrepreneurs an opportunity to test their concepts, identify weaknesses, improve their pitch, meet investors, get expert feedback, brand a product, gain some recognition, and potentially win a prize. Competitions offer an opportunity to fail in a safe environment where lessons learned can be applied before entering a competitive marketplace where failure has a higher cost.

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation strongly encourages student entrepreneurs to compete.

On Campus:  Each semester, the CEI works with students, volunteers and others to host a venture pitch competition, culminating in a final live event at the end of each semester. To learn more, see our On Campus Competitions.                           

Off Campus:  Throughout the year, there are a number of local, regional and national competitions that are open to UB students. The Center works with student teams to prepare them for these competitions, and will provide financial support for those well prepared to compete. To learn more, check out the Off Campus opportunities.



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