Looking for a way to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams? Do you want to challenge yourself and win fabulous prizes?

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for out wits to grow sharper.

– Eden Phillpots

Whether you’re a student, entrepreneur, a startup owner or simply looking for an opportunity to take a step further on your career path, keep reading.

Ready to try your hand? Then, enjoy the overview of the most promising competitions 2020 still has for you:

🏆 10 challenges to tackle before the end of the year

🚨 Futury Mission V: ‚ÄúMOBILITY ‚Äď Be Urban‚ÄĚ

Deadline: November 30, 2020 23:59 (CET)| Apply NOW
Dates: February 15 РMay 6, 2021
Eligibility:¬†Students and graduates from all backgrounds ‚Äď in teams or individually ‚Äď are encouraged to apply: Engineers, Marketing Wizards, Techies, Business Developers, Designers‚Ķ every skill is needed in this project
Location: Frankfurt, Germany

FUTURY, together with one of the automotive industry pioneers ‚ÄstSEAT¬†‚Äď invites you to develop a solution for a more sustainable future of urban mobility.

SEAT has already developed various new products and services for micro-mobility and wants to take the e-revolution to the next level by focusing on urban mobility.

CoreNet Global Academic Challenge 6.0

Deadline: November 30, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: The competition is open to all students (undergraduate/graduate, full-time/part-time) who are currently registered at a recognized university
Location: Online

CoreNet Global Academic Challenge 6.0 invites students from around the world to think creatively about a problem facing real estate professionals for renowned companies like Google, Duke Energy, AstraZeneca, Whirlpool, and many others.

Gain international experience. Connect with experts. Win the US $5,000 for your team.

SPIE Startup Challenge

Deadline: November 30, 2020 | Apply here
Eligibility: Participants must have an optics or photonics technology or application that they wish to publicly present as the basis for a viable new business.
Location: Online

The SPIE Startup Challenge is more than a simple pitch competition, but an entry point into the community of high tech business development.

Numerous mentors attend the competition training to volunteer their time in support of new business ventures.

NIBS Worldwide Business Plan Competition

Deadline: December 1, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: The Competition is open to any student registered, for the duration of the Competition, in an undergraduate (bachelor level or equivalent) business program (commerce, administration, management, etc.) at any member institution of the Network of International Business Schools or through special invitation made by the host institution and the NIBS Board. Students on exchange at a member institution for the entire academic year may compete for that member institution, provided they meet other eligibility requirements.  Teams can consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five eligible students.
Registration fee: EUR 150,-

The NIBS Worldwide Business Plan Competition aims to stimulate entrepreneurship among students.

Teams are challenged to conceive of a new service or product offering, and then create a business plan and concept pitch video aimed at convincing potential investors to finance the business.

Forbes 30 Under 30 Nominations 2021

Deadline: December 4, 2020 | Nominate here
Eligibility: Nominees must be 29 or younger on December 31, 2020


Now in its tenth year, Forbes is looking for the best and boldest young leaders, creators and thinkers for its annual Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Founders, funders, philanthropists, foodies, filmmakers, fashionistas ‚ÄĒ now is your chance to nominate the¬†young innovators¬†changing the world.

Apex Hybrid Business Plan Competition

Deadline: December 10, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a post-secondary institute, or recent alumni graduated within a year of competition. Every participant must meet the minimum tech requirements to run MS Teams.
Location: Online and Fredericton, Canada

For the past ten years, UNB’s Apex Business Plan Competition has attracted more and more entrepreneurial students from across Canada to campus.

Teams will compete in a variety of events at either the undergrad or graduate levels virtually or in-person, in front of accomplished judges in the fields of marketing, finance and entrepreneurship.

MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition

Deadline: December 15, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
check out the eligibility criteria for each of the competition tracks here
Location: Online


MIT Enterprise Forum Arab Startup Competition (ASC) is a yearly competition initiated by the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab since 2006.

This annual competition is designed to empower entrepreneurs and foster an eco-system of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Arab Region.

Dhaka Traffic Detection Challenge

Deadline: November 15, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Prize: 1,00,000 BDT
Eligibility: Teams of 1-5 members

The scenario of Dhaka traffic is unique which poses complex new challenges in terms of automated traffic detection.

To solve this problem using advances in AI-based technology and ICT solutions, Dhaka Traffic Detection Challenge is calling for solutions to automatic Dhaka traffic detection problems on optical images.

Hult Prize

Deadline: December 23, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: Students from any college or university in the world are invited to form teams of 3-4

The Hult Prize Foundation transforms how young people envision their own possibilities as leaders of change in the world around them.

With a US$1,000,000 global startup prize as its anchor activity, the Hult Prize has brought impact-focused programs, events and trainings to over a million students globally, creating a pathway for youth everywhere to take action to build a better world.

ChangeMakers Seed Grant Opportunity

Deadline: December 31, 2020 00:00 (CET)| Apply here
Eligibility: Participation is open to any individual or organization in any country unless prohibited by local or the United States law. The applicants must be between 18 and 35 years. An organization led by youth like social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and researchers in any country can apply. Priority is given to early-stage and growth-stage startup or a social enterprise working in an innovative product or idea.

StartupXs¬†has launched ‚ÄúChangeMakers Seed Grant Opportunity 2021‚ÄĚ for startups and social enterprises who want to change their community with their innovative business ideas.

This year the ChangeMakers Seed Grant Opportunity is about identifying and promoting the best early-stage business idea of innovators, startups, and social enterprises.

🏆 Are you planning to apply for one of the opportunities listed above? Is there any other challenge worth listing here? Let me know by leaving a comment below or get in touch with us via¬†our contact form.

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