Events & Competitions Across Cornell

3 Day Startup

A Cornell University competition in which student participants have three days to start a technology company.

Advanced Materials Enabled Innovation Competition

A Cornell University Engineering School competition in which students design or prototype an innovative technology based on advanced materials, and demonstrate how the technology would be successful in a commercial or product process or small business innovation research proposal.

Big Idea Competition

A Cornell University competition in which undergraduate students develop a business idea.

Big Red//Hacks

A Cornell University student-run three-day “hackathon” in which students from across northeast colleges collaborate to create advanced technologies.


An annual two-day entrepreneurship conference on the Cornell University campus hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

Cornell Entrepreneurship Kickoff Event

The biggest on-campus entrepreneurship event in the Fall. Includes Pitchoff competition with $1,500 in prizes.

Cornell Hospitality Business Plan Competition

A School of Hotel Administration annual event that begins at the start of the academic year—when student teams are formed and executive summaries for business plans are developed, and ends in the spring—when final business plans are submitted.

Cornell Hospitality Pitch Deck Competition

An experiential learning opportunity for student entrepreneurs who are contemplating, starting, or operating an early-stage hospitality-based venture, and who are looking to improve their pitching skills, with the potential to earn seed funding for their venture.

Cornell Social Entrepreneurship Competition

A Cornell University business case competition hosted by Social Business Consulting (SBC) in partnership with Ernst and Young (EY) Consulting and Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

Cornell Venture Challenge

The annual BR Venture Fund’s pitch competition.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Innovation Award Competition

A Cornell University Engineering School competition in which students design and develop an innovative technology based on electrical and computer engineering, and demonstrate how the idea addresses a practical business and/or social challenge.

Families in Business across Cornell

This full day celebration on the Cornell campus will showcase the range and impact of family enterprise, from entrepreneurs to global enterprises and legacy families. Alumni, business owners and students are all invited to take part in this day-long series of keynotes, networking and workshops.

Giants Entrepreneurship Challenge

The University of North Dakota School of Entrepreneurship’s annual business plan competition, which is open to all students at colleges in the US and Canada.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

A week of events, activities, and competitions in the thousands, which are happening simultaneously in 140 countries.

Intel-Cornell Cup

A Cornell University Systems Engineering college-level embedded design competition.

I Heart Start Ups

A site for news and events of interest to Cornell Entrepreneurship groupies.

Johnson Shark Tank

A Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management competition in which students pitch a business idea to venture capitalists.

NYU Entrepreneurial Festival

An annual conference event in New York City to celebrate New York University founders, start-ups, and entrepreneurs.


A one-day event in New York City in which the entrepreneurially minded can meet entrepreneurial business leaders. Hosted by Entrepreneurship at Cornell.

Technical and Entrepreneurial Career Fair

A Cornell University career fair for undergraduate students.