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OneStart: Your chance to win $150k to realize your biotech business idea

Do you have an idea to solve a critical healthcare problem? Or do you have the scientific or business know-how to help someone else develop their idea?

Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) and SR One, the venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline, have teamed up again for the OneStart competition - the largest biotech startup accelerator program in the world - to offer young innovators from all disciplines the chance to win $150k in no-strings attached grant money (non-dilutive, no IP rights reserved) and free lab space to transform their ideas into a successful business.

Applications are now open until December 1st 2014. To learn more about the program and start building your team, visit http://onestart.co/.

Who should participate?

  • Science/medical students and researchers interested in spinning out their research or commercializing their ideas.
  • Business students and young professionals keen to get involved in the biotech and healthcare industries.
  • Software developers and engineers interested in contributing their technical skills to realising a transformative health product or service.
  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship.

You do not need to have a team yet, or even have your own idea, as you can register now at our Co-founder Hub (and Discussion Forum) to find teammates to complement your strengths, show your interest to join other teams.

Ideas at all stages of development are welcome. All semi-finalists will be directly mentored by experienced industry professionals for at least six weeks, and invited to attend a biotech business bootcamp in San Francisco in February 2015 with workshops from our global sponsors, including SR One, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Takeda Ventures, Roche, McKinsey & Company, and others.

We look forward to meeting you in person or via our online portal.

Learn more: http://onestart.co/

2014 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition

The University of Texas at Austin’s Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs invites McGill to submit an entry for the 2014 Global Venture Labs Investment Competition (GVLIC).  GVLIC is open to graduate students (not just MBAs) seeking to pitch their new venture to angels, venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs in a real-world environment. 

Forty teams from around the world will gather in Austin, Texas from May 1-3, 2014 to compete for the title of Global Champion along with the accompanying $75,000 in cash and prizes.  The Global Champion also earns the right to close the NASDAQ and be recognized as a celebrity in Times Square.  The Global Champion is not the only one to take home a cash prize as there is an additional $50,000 in cash prizes, and over half of the participating teams will take home cash. Your School is Invited

For 2014, there are two ways for McGil to get a team to Austin:

The first is by winning one of the Affiliated Competitions held around the world.  The following link takes you to the list of Affiliated Competitions and their corresponding websites - Affiliated Competitions.

The second method is to win one of the Open Berth slots available.  The Open Berth process is now open and closes February 21, 2014.  The following link takes you to the application page for the Open Berth process - Open Berth Application.  This process is open to schools from around the world, including those that are applying to or already participating in an Affiliated Competition. 

Wells Fargo Clean Energy Challenge

The 2014 competition features an expanded Wells Fargo Clean Energy Challenge and an increased emphasis on international teams.  In 2014, our goal is to have at least 20 of the teams from outside the U.S. making it a truly global event.  International teams have always done well at the Global Competition and in 2013 50% of the finalist teams were international including the Global Champion, Visolis from the Indian School of Business. 

Thanks to the generous contribution of Wells Fargo, the winner of the Wells Fargo Clean Energy Challenge will take home a $20,000 cash prize.  The Wells Fargo Clean Energy Challenge will involve at least 10 of the 40 competing teams and participation in the challenge does not exclude these teams from competing for the prizes listed previously.  The challenge is open to teams proposing a venture to accomplish such goals as reducing energy consumption, increasing efficiency or finding an effective use for waste materials produced as part of another process. 

More Information
For more information, please visit the competition website at Global VLIC.  Feel free to contact us at infoVLIC [at] mccombs [dot] utexas [dot] edu or Ann Whitt at 512-232-6597 or Ann [dot] Whitt [at] mccombs [dot] utexas [dot] edu.

Tepper Venture Challenge

Carnegie Mellon University sits at the crossroads of one of the world’s top engineering and computer science programs and a thriving entrepreneurial community. Since just 2007, Carnegie Mellon’s on campus innovation center, Project Olympus, has helped students to form over 81 companies that have gone on to raise over $65 million in funding.

Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association is seeking to help provide students with the resources necessary to establish and grow their entrepreneurial ventures. The Tepper Venture Challenge is an annual business plan competition organized by the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association, open only to undergraduate students. The Tepper Venture Challenge offers opportunities in which students can receive feedback from experts in the entrepreneurial community, win monetary prizes, and acquire legal services that will help advance an idea to the next stage in the entrepreneurial process. 

Last year’s competition received over a dozen entries from as far away as Egypt, India, and Spain and competitors took home $7500 in prize money and legal services with even more money at stake this year. Applications are now available and will require teams to submit a two page executive summary. This year’s competition will be held on Saturday April 5, 2014 on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus.
For students with compelling entrepreneurial ideas looking to either create their first executive summary or to enhance an existing executive summary, the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association offers various resources on our website to help you get started with crafting a winning executive summary. These resources can be viewed here 
To find out more information about the Tepper Venture Challenge visit their website, www.cmuuea.com

Global Social Venture Competition

About GSVC: 

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1999, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.  In 2013, GSVC received 647 entries from 258 universities from 37 countries. Previous years’ finalists include Faso Soap, Husk Power, World of Good, Revolution Foods, and d.light design.

Next Steps:

  • Form, join, or lead a dynamic team (fill out the Team Formation Form and view the Team Matching List if you're looking for teammates)
  • Submit your 3-page executive summary here by January 29th at 11:59 PM PST

Entrant Requirements:

  • Your team must include at least one graduate student (current or within two years of graduation as of December 31, 2013) from any masters-level or post-graduate higher education program in any area of study in the world.
  • Operating companies are welcome to enter, although they must be less than 3 years old (as measured by first income or first patent) as of April 2014.
  • Ventures must have financially sustainable plans (both non-profit and for-profit are accepted).
  • Ventures must have a quantifiable social and/or environmental bottom line incorporated into their mission and practices.
  • For more details, visit http://www.gsvc.org/compete_in_GSVC/.

UBC Berkley startup competition

The UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan) is one of the foremost events for University-affiliated early stage startups. It provides entrepreneurs with the best possible resources - including education, networking, team creation, mentorship and new venture financing - to help turn innovative ideas into real businesses. If you have a great business idea in biotech, software, cleantech, consumer goods, computing services, mobile applications, financial services, e-commerce or any other industry, we want to hear from you!

Each year, hundreds of teams apply for mentorship, workspace and prize money. Building up to the final competition in April, each will have personalized coaching and learn how to really launch a business idea. We hope you'll be part of Bplan 2014!

The first deadline for the UC Berkley Startup Competition (Bplan) is just around the corner. Get ready to submit your Executive Summary by Thursday, January 30, 2014 by 11:59pm PST!

Next Steps:

  1. Form your team. Visit the Bplan team formation web page at http://bplan.berkeley.edu/build-your-team/ for more information. You can also connect on Collabfinder, a network to find teams to join or to post your idea if you're looking for team members.
  2. Review the rules. Visit for http://bplan.berkeley.edu/rules/ more information.
  3. Check out our Resources page at http://bplan.berkeley.edu/resources/ for lots of useful information about the executive summary, business model canvas, and more.
  4. Apply here: https://www.younoodle.com/competitions/2014_uc_berkeley_startup_competition_bplan

Entrant Requirements:

  • At least one team member must be a current student, faculty, staff or an alumnus/a of either the University of California at Berkeley or the University of California at San Francisco.
  • Any finalist team from previous Bplan competitions cannot enter again with the same business idea, i.e. any teams that were rewarded cash prizes are ineligible. However, past competition winners may enter with new business ideas. Semi-Finalists may re-enter with the same company.
  • For full entrant requirements, visit http://bplan.berkeley.edu/eligibility/.

2014 Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge

Formerly the Tepper Venture Challenge, the Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge is an annual undergraduate business plan competition providing student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to receive feedback from experts in the entrepreneurial community, win monetary prizes, and acquire legal services that will help advance an idea to the next stage in the entrepreneurial process. 
With Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship joining Meyer, Unkovic, & Scott and the Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association as sponsors of the 2014 Carnegie Mellon Venture Challenge, we’re proud to announce that the this year's competition will feature $12,000 in prizes.
The deadline to apply is March 18th and interested candidates should visitcmuuea.com for more details. The application requires an executive summary of your idea. The best and most viable business ideas will be chosen from among the applicants to move onto the next round which will require a business plan and PowerPoint to be presented to our judges.
For students who have an idea but don’t have experience writing executive summaries or business plans, they should visit our resources page for more information on how to get started and to see sample executive summaries from last year’s winners.
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The Next 36

The Next 36 is thrilled to launch The Next Founders – a transformative program for Canada’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The Next Founders is an “MBA for entrepreneurs” designed for high potential founders of tech ventures.  Over the course of this three-month executive education program, participants will build relationships with an extraordinary community of business leaders, entrepreneurs, professors and investors.

We believe many of your graduates will be ideal candidates for The Next Founders. Thank you for sharing the following information with your network:

Applications for our summer 2014 cohort are open.  The deadline to apply is March 11.

Comités pour Entrepreneurs

Comités pour Entrepreneurs a pour mission de soutenir les entrepreneurs grâce à son réseau de jeunes professionnels issus de domaines variés tel que la finance, la comptabilité, le droit, le marketing, les communications et la consultation stratégique. 

Les bénéfices pour les entrepreneurs:

Service d’accompagnement individualisé de trois (3) rencontres avec un groupe de jeunes professionnels

Support gratuit



 ​Les entrepreneurs postulent à la cohorte de janvier ou à celle de septembre et précisent les problématiques stratégiques qu’ils désirent travailler.

​ Les entrepreneurs sélectionnés sont jumelés à un groupe de jeunes professionnels selon leurs problématiques.

③ ​Chaque entrepreneur et son groupe de jeunes professionnels se rencontrent à trois (3) reprises pour travailler sur ces problématiques.

Pour plus d'information, visitez notre site internet: www.comitesentrepreneurs.com. Suivez nous sur twitter et facebook!

Get Inspired. Get Hired. Apply to H'university.

H’university is an unprecedented educational and professional experience connecting you to your next internship and preparing you for your first job. Participate as much or as little as you like in the five-week curriculum, which consists of skills-focused webinars taught by your professional inspirations (like Neil Blumenthal from Warby Parker, David Chang of Momofuku, Eva Chen of Lucky Magazine, Adam Grant author of Give & Take, to name a few). You’ll learn the ins and outs of starting a business, building a product, and having social impact, and you’ll earn the chance to interview for Winter & Summer 2015 internships at our hiring partner companies such as Michael Kors, MLB, Gin Lane, and Foursquare, to name a few. Oh, and did we mention it’s free? H'university starts 10/14 and ends before Thanksgiving. Apply today at http://www.huniversity.co.

Connecting Top Grads with Top Startups -  Want to launch your career as an entrepreneur?  

Venture for Canada is a career accelerator for recent grads who want to learn how to run a business, and make an impact.  VFC Fellows receive training and join a partner startup in a Canadian city, where they work for two years.  They learn hands on what it takes to build a company, while getting the mentorship, network and ongoing support they need to become successful entrepreneurs.  Our first application deadline is Tuesday, September 30th at 11:59 PM EST.  Click here to tweet the application.  

Venture for Canada in The National Post:

Venture for Canada was featured in The National Post earlier this month.  Click here to tweet this story.  If you or anyone you know is interested in the program, please check out our website, or email info [at] ventureforcanada [dot] ca 

Student Entrepreneur National Champion

Enactus Canada is on the hunt for the next Student Entrepreneur National Champion! If you run a business and are attending a Canadian university or college full-time, or if you know someone who is, now is the time to submit your nomination for the Student Entrepreneur National Competition. This competition is a platform for young business leaders to network with like-minded students, showcase their business to top executives and leading entrepreneurs, and celebrate the growth of their venture.  The nomination deadline is November 21st. The competition is open to full-time students at Canadian universities or colleges who are running their own business. All accommodations and travel to the Regional and National competitions are covered, and the grand prize is $10,000. It’s also a fantastic way for the students to gain media exposure for their business.  We encourage you to nominate (or self-nominate) student entrepreneurs in your network, by completing the following form: http://www.enactus.ca/what-we-do/student-entrepreneurs/nominate-a-student-entrepreneur/  

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