Students pitch their ideas before investors and benchmark their plans against those from other schools.
Push your industry expertise and entrepreneurial spark to the limit by entering one of our challenging competitions. You’ll be able to present your ideas on a global scale as you pitch to investors and go up against students from other schools
European Business Plan of the Year Competition
This competition was co-founded by London Business School and INSEAD to encourage the teaching of entrepreneurship and the creation of new ventures. This is the longest continuous running business plan competition in Europe, with participation from leading business schools across Europe. Schools select their best entrepreneurial teams to compete – in LBS’s case we select the team that was top-rated by judges in the ‘New Venture Development’ elective.
Teams from London Business School have won the competition in the last two years. In 2014 it was won by Itinery, a business that enabled Travel Agents to book Boutique hotels and resorts using a new digital platform and in 2015 by Jon Smith, Founder and CEO of Pobble that provides a moderated platform that enables children to share and receive instant feedback on their stories – a simple idea but one that is having a dramatic effect literacy.
For further details contact Jeff Skinner.
Venture Capital Investment Competitions
In this competition, teams of five MBA students compete as venture capitalists. Each team plays the role of a venture capital firm that must go through the entire VC investment process in the extremely condensed period of a single weekend. The teams review real business plans from entrepreneurs seeking funding and create term sheets to be judged by a panel of VC judges.
Luiz Moreira (SEMBA2012) - "The VCIC is a unique experience for those willing to learn about or work on venture capitalism. More than that, it's a cauldron for valuable networking with entrepreneurs and VCs. If you want to quickly learn about VC or want to understand the process of raising money for your entrepreneurship, while facing big challenges and having a lot of good times with your team mates, the VCIC is for you."
Zahra Giga (MBA2015) - “VCIC provides students with unique exposure into the world of venture capital – from closing deals with real life entrepreneurs to networking with real life venture capitalists, there is no better way to gain insight into this incredible field.”
For more information on dates, how to enter, judge or pitch please visit the VCIC website.
Global Social Venture Competition
This innovative competition aims to foster a new generation of business leaders that values the social as well as the profit potential of business. It achieves this by catalysing and promoting social ventures – both for-profit and not-for-profit – that create and measure both social and financial returns.
London Business School organises and hosts the EMEA semi-finals of the competition.
For more information on the competition held at London Business School please visit the GSVC website.
The Clean Tech Challenge, organised by London Business School and University College London, is a global business plan competition for innovative clean technology business ideas. It brings together business and engineering students to create viable start-ups. Teams compete over three rounds for the £10,000 prize, awarded at the two-day Bootcamp finals in London. Participants are mentored by industry experts from the cleantech, entrepreneurial and related sectors.
For further information, please visit the CleanTech Challenge website.
London Entrepreneurs Challenge
The aim of the challenge is to enhance the entrepreneurial environment at UCL and London Business School through education, network development and promotional activity. The challenge consists of a two-part business plan competition, supported by a programme of workshops targeted at faculty and students, particularly those from either technology or business backgrounds, with an emphasis on bringing those skill sets together.
For entry forms and schedules please visit the London Entrepreneurs Challenge website.
The MIINT competition is new for 2014. Teams of students select a promising social enterprise that’s on the verge of raising substantial seed finance to fund growth. The teams position themselves as analysts within an Impact Investment fund and carry out detailed due diligence on the business – and then present their findings to a group of experienced impact investors. The winning team competes in the global final at Wharton. The competition runs over two terms, and involves online training modules and one-on-one mentoring of teams.
The London HealthTech Challenge 2015 is a business idea competition created to help students turn their healthtech ideas into reality. The core element of the Challenge is team-building: combining postgraduate students with engineering backgrounds with those from business expertise to create viable teams able to turn great ideas into healthcare businesses. The Challenge is hosted by the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, and the Healthcare Club of London Business School, Institute of Biomedical Engineering at University College London, the competition runs from March to June of 2015 and offer mentorship, training, and the Dhruv Batra Prize of £10,000 to the winning team. The 2015 winners were a UCL/LBS team, Gripsense.
For further information visit the HealthTech Challenge website.