The Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business hosts a number of business competitions each year. Students can participate as individuals or as members of a team. Community members can participate in most competitions as members of a student-led team. Here is a list of our competitions and more information about each event.

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Top 25 Utah Student Competitions

Judged on financial statements

Deadline: End of February 2014


The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence identifies and acknowledges student-owned companies during spring semester each. The student winners are given cash awards to assist with the further development of their companies. All students acknowledged in this competition are encouraged to submit their financial information to the Utah Student 25, a state-wide event that celebrates and acknowledges student-owned businesses throughout the state of Utah.

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Opportunity Quest

Write a Business Plan

Deadline: November 2013


Our Opportunity Quest Business Plan Competition is held during fall semester. We host a series of workshops and activities to help students develop ideas and write effective business plans. The plans are judged by a panel of business leaders. The top ten teams receive mentoring for six weeks and then present their final plans to the judges in January. Significant cash awards are given to the top three teams to assist with the further development of the businesses.

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72 Hour Innovation

Innovative Idea Challenge

Deadline: March 2014


Our 72-Hour Competition is also held in April each year during Entrepreneurship Week. Students are presented with a business challenge on Monday (i.e., create a solution to a problem, sell specific items on campus, create and film an infomercial, etc.), and then given 72-hours to complete the challenge. The top three teams are announced on Friday of Entrepreneurship Week and given cash prizes.

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Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Statewide Business Plan Competition

Deadline: January 2014


Students who enter our Opportunity Quest Business Plan Competition are encouraged to submit these plans to the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge which is held during spring semester each year. Students interested in this competition are mentored by faculty members and community leaders so they can make strong presentations in this state-wide competition.

More Information about Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

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Elevator Pitch

2 Minutes

Deadline: March 2014


Our Elevator Pitch Competition is held in April each year during our Entrepreneurship Week. Students submit a one-page summary of their business idea, and the top 20 finalists pitch their idea to a panel of judges. Prize money is awarded to the top 3 participants.


There are competitions not sponsored by the Jeffrey D. Clark Center for Entrepreneurship, but available to students and/or community members to compete in.

Innovation Challenge

Energy Commercialization Center

Emerging Venture Competition Applications period opens February 15th, 2013

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Dolphin Capital Marketing Competition

The Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence supports the Dolphin Capital Marketing Competition which is held in the spring. Student teams work on a marketing challenge for one of Dolphin Capital’s portfolio companies and compete with student teams from other universities. Winning teams receive awards, cash prizes and state-wide recognition.

More information about Dolphin Capital Marketing Competition

Arch Grants Global Business Plan Competition

Arch grants is a startup competition that awards $50,000 grants to startups that are in St. Louis or that are willing to relocate to St. Louis.

More information about Arch Grants Global Business Plan Competition

CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge

The CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge is one of six regional competitions sponsored by the DOE—EERE. It is hosted at the University of Colorado Boulder and managed by CU Cleantech. The first place team receives the $100,000 prize and will move on to the national competition in Washington D.C. Previous participants have gone on to receive additional follow-on funding, including SBIR grants and other commercialization assistance from strategic partners. The top three teams will receive entrance into the NREL Industry Growth Forum and the Cleantech Open.

More information about entering the challenge.

More information about eligibility.