University Entrepreneurship


I have broken this category down into three sections below.

I)   The first is all about the student entrepreneurship and how to "win" as a student entrepreneur.

II)  The second section is about university entrepreneurship more generally, including faculty spinoffs. 

III) The third is a list of Grants and Business Plan Competitions for Student Entrepreneurs                                  (AKA: Free Money!)

Series on Student Entrepreneurship:



My TEDx Talk on Student Entrepreneurship: "Why Wait 'Til You Graduate?"

What Every Student Entrepreneur Needs to Know to Succeed (1) Just Win, Baby

What Every Student Entrepreneur Needs to Know to Succeed (2) Get Connected!


University Spin-Offs (1): The Vaunted Gates Creak Open and Entrepreneurs Peer Inside

University Spin-Offs (2): A Quick Primer

University Spin-Offs (3): Suffering From Entrepreneur's Block?

University Spin-Offs (4): Professor as CEO?

University Spin-Offs (5): Angels in Our Midst?

University Spin-Offs (6): Amazing Historical IPO Rate

Should There be Profit in Knowledge? A Century of American Debate

Deal Terms for University Spin-Offs

University Spin-Offs: Bridging the Cultural Divide

Cultivating a University's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: A Master Class

University Spinoffs: A Stunning Track-Record of Success

University Entrepreneurship: Lifeblood to Entire Cities

The "X" Factor in Business

Google Acquires University Spinoff ReCAPTCHA

Breaking the Century Mark: Celebrating 100 Spinoffs at Columbia University

Some Examples of Private Sales and IPO's from Columbia University's Startup Portfolio

A Sampling of Commercial Products Using Columbia University Technology

Hosting Entrepreneur Office Hours at CTV's Venture Lab for the Columbia Community

New York City's Academic Institutions: A Stunning Engine of Innovation

Your Startup: Mapping it Out Some More

Heard it from the Horses' Mouth: What Venture Capitalists Like and Don't Like to See when Doing University Spinoffs

The Coming Entrepreneurial Tidal Wave: University Entrepreneurship 2.0

peHub's Dan Primack on the Emerging Tsunami of University Entrepreneuship 2.0

The Parable of the Venture Capitalist, the Entrepreneur and the Professor

Why and How Universities Should Embrace Startup Culture

How Not to Piss People Off When You Present to Them

A New Breed of University Entrepreneur Arrives on Campus


National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Association  

Kauffman Foundation 

Competition Database


Socially Responsible / Green Tech Business Plan Competitions

Opportunity Green OG25 Awards

Due: 10/5/11

NYU-Stern School of Business Entrepreneurs Challenge

Due: 10/6/11

William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition

Due: 10/12/11

Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Due: 10/24/11

MIT 100K

Due: 10/24/2011

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

Due: 11/9/11

Walmart Better Living

Due: 11/15/11

Acterra Business Environmental Awards

Due: 11/15/11

McKinsey Social Innovation Video Challenge

Due: 11/18/11

McGinnis Venture Competition

Due: 2/11/2012

Tulane Conscious Capitalism Business Plan Competition

Due: TBD

Dell Social Innovation Competition

Due: 2/14/2012

Rice University Business Plan Competition

Due: 2/17/2012

Clean Tech Open

Due: Spring 2012

Columbia Venture Competition

Due: Spring 2012

Global Social Venture Competition

Due: 1/25/2012

SVN Innovation Awards

Due: Spring 2012

The Intel®+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challengeue:

Due: January 2012

Investor's Circle Call for Applicants

Due: Spring


Socially Responsible / Sustainable Enterprise Fellowships:

The Unreasonable Institute

Due: 11/10/11

Echoing Green Fellowship

Due: December 2011

Kauffman Foundation Global Scholars

Due: 10/17/11


Business Plan Competitions for Women Entrepreneurs:

Eileen Fisher Self-Image Grant Program for Women and Girls

Due: February 2012

Pipeline Fellowship

Due: Spring 2012

Cartier Women’s Initiative

Dute: March 2012

Women 2.0 Business Plan Competition

Due: 10/30/11

Women in Business 2011-2012

Due: 12/30/11


Incubators/Fellowships/Investors/NY Networks for Women Entrepreneurs :


Due: Rolling

Golden Seeds

Due: Rolling

In Good Company Office Space

85 Broads

New York Women Social Entrepreneurs


Additional Lists:

130 Ways to Fund Your Social Venture

William James List