In this section we will catalogue business plan competitions, both university and non-university. While some university business plan competitions limit the participants to their own students or alumni, others are open to student startups from wider regions. Some are state-wide, country-wide and even international.

CEO Global Pitch Competition

Cisco $1 million problem solver contest – due January 29, 2021

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of our work, we seek to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive – in our increasingly digital economy. With the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technologies connecting devices and data, good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before – and we’re here to help.

Our fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge aims to recognize new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact from early-stage entrepreneurs around the world. $1,000,000 USD in prize money will help accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technology, products, and services that drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems.

Submit your solution by January 29, 2021, at 5 pm PT!