In the wake of last week’s Moot Corp competition in Austin, Texas, I picked up the list of feeder competitions that lead to the Moot Corp. Winners in these competitions are invited to compete at the Moot Corp.

If things go as they normally do, these venture competitions will be held again for the next venture competition season, beginning this fall and running through next April. If you have connections with any of these, it’s a great experience; I recommend you get into it. Normally you do have to have direct involvement with an MBA-level program, ideally as a student. If you aren’t a student but know somebody who is, you can become involved by recruiting that person onto a team, because each team normally has to include one MBA student.

Idea to Product Competition
Early November
Hosted by The University of Texas at Austin

The John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge
Early December
Hosted by the Brisbane Graduate School of Business
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Contact Belinda Hopgood at

Georgia Bowl
Hosted by Kennesaw State University
Contact Charles Hofer at

Cardinal Challenge
Hosted by the University of Louisville
Contact Van G.H. Clouse at

UC Spirit of Enterprise MBA Business Plan Competition
Hosted by the University of Cincinnati
Contact Charles Matthews at

FGV Latin Moot Corp Competition
Hosted by Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Contact Laura Cristina Pansarella at or Rene Jose Rodrigues Fernandes at

Northwest Venture Championship
Hosted by Boise State University
Contact Kent E. Neupert at

Camino Real Venture Competition
Hosted by University of Texas at El Paso
Contact Nancy Lowery at

Thammasat Asia Moot Corp® Competition
Hosted by Thammasat University, Thailand
Contact Bill Randall at

McGinnis Venture Competition
Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University
Contact Art Boni at

CEDIC New Venture Championship
Hosted by the Center for Economic Development, Innovation and Commercialization
Contact Gary Cadenhead at

Venture Challenge
Hosted by the Entrepreneurial Management Center
San Diego State University
Contact Sarah Bonura at

IBK Capital-Ivey Business Plan Competition
Hosted by the Richard Ivey School of Business
University of Western Ontario
Contact Eric Morse at or Ellen Brown at

Wake Forest MBA Elevator Competition
Hosted by Wake Forest University
Contact Donna Fulp at

Lunar Ventures
March 28 – 30, 2008
Hosted by Colorado School of Mines
Contact Gary Cadenhead at

Rice University Business Plan Competition
April 3 to 5, 2008
Hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
Rice University
Contact Brad Burke at

Stuart Clark Venture Challenge
April 3 to 5, 2008
Hosted by the Asper Centre for Entrepreneurship
University of Manitoba
Contact Rob Warren at

Utah Entrepreneur Challenge
April 5, 2008
Hosted by University of Utah
Contact Leonard Black at

New Ventures World Competition
Hosted by the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Contact Glenn Friendt at or

New Venture Championship
Hosted by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship
University of Oregon
Contact Marianne Rosen-Murr at

Uniandes Moot Corp Business Plan Competition
Hosted by Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Contact Rafael Vesga at

OFC Venture Challenge
Hosted by Clark Atlanta University
Contact Mohammad Bhuiyan at 404-880-8657 or

USF-PSI International Business Plan Competition
April 24 to 26, 2008
Hosted by the University of San Francisco
Contact Mark Cannice at

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