Queen's Entrepreneurs Competition

Ages:Undergraduate

Types:Submission, Presentation

Category:Business

Scope:International

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition is Canada’s most prestigious undergraduate start-up competition.  Each year we receive business plan submissions from all around the world, and the top 15 teams are selected and invited to Toronto to pitch their business plans to a panel of Canadian business leaders. There are up to $80,000 in prizes awarded throughout the final weekend for the top pitching entrepreneurs. The QEC final weekend never fails to foster a vibrant exchange of ideas, unparalleled innovation, and the start of new professional and personal connections.

 

While the prizes are a key piece in helping entrepreneurs start their business, the QEC offers so much more than monetary awards for competitors, judges, and other attendees. The QEC is a forum – a place where talented young entrepreneurs from all over the world gather. They are here to share ideas, develop their networks, and learn from our community of professors, entrepreneurs, and advisors.

The first round opens at the end of August, where competitors submit a 3-5-page business plan and an optional 5-minute pitch video by October 30, 2018. These submissions are judged by university faculty members and professionals with experience in building businesses.   The top 15 are notified in early December, and they are invited to come to downtown Toronto from January 17th – 20th, 2019. On Friday, January 18th, the top 15 teams will present their companies to a panel of 4 - 5 judges in a 10-minute presentation with a 15-minute Q&A immediately afterward. The top 6 teams are announced later that evening. On Saturday, January 19, the top 6 teams will present to a different set of judges and to a live audience, with the same format. The winners are announced during the final gala later that night.   To provide competitors with an inspiring and memorable experience, we also host networking events, where competitors can meet investors, veteran entrepreneurs, and fellow students working on their own ventures. Every year, we also invite leaders in business to give talks on the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the modern entrepreneur.

The business plans are judged on and must require the following criteria:
  • Market Opportunity:  What problem are you trying to solve?
  • Business Model and Viability:  How are you going to solve this problem?
  • Execution Strategy: How do you propose to execute your business model? This includes: Marketing, Operations, Human Capital
  • Originality:  Why are you different and or better than any other venture competing in your market?
  • Financial Considerations: What are some things to consider when valuing your company?  How can you use the QEC prize money to make it grow?
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://theqec.com/

Managing Organization: The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition

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Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
The QEC is open to all students currently enrolled in university or college on a full-time basis in the current academic year working towards an undergraduate degree or diploma.  This also includes students who chose to leave their current school while pursuing their undergraduate degree. Teams may have members that are older, but more than half their core team must fit the criteria specified above. Those that do not meet the specified criteria cannot pitch during the Final Weekend (assuming said team qualifies for a Top 15 position). Each team may have a maximum of four students.  Competitors may involve the help of other students in producing their submission. Those students do not have to be registered members of the group. Existing proposals are valid given the plan has not previously qualified as a finalist (Top6) for the QEC. Business plans must be received electronically by the submission deadline. Please refer to the Updated Rules and Regulations on the website for all requirements.

This competition has not yet posted any deadlines.

Overview

The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition is Canada’s most prestigious undergraduate start-up competition.  Each year we receive business plan submissions from all around the world, and the top 15 teams are selected and invited to Toronto to pitch their business plans to a panel of Canadian business leaders. There are up to $80,000 in prizes awarded throughout the final weekend for the top pitching entrepreneurs. The QEC final weekend never fails to foster a vibrant exchange of ideas, unparalleled innovation, and the start of new professional and personal connections.

 

While the prizes are a key piece in helping entrepreneurs start their business, the QEC offers so much more than monetary awards for competitors, judges, and other attendees. The QEC is a forum – a place where talented young entrepreneurs from all over the world gather. They are here to share ideas, develop their networks, and learn from our community of professors, entrepreneurs, and advisors.

Process

The first round opens at the end of August, where competitors submit a 3-5-page business plan and an optional 5-minute pitch video by October 30, 2018. These submissions are judged by university faculty members and professionals with experience in building businesses.   The top 15 are notified in early December, and they are invited to come to downtown Toronto from January 17th – 20th, 2019. On Friday, January 18th, the top 15 teams will present their companies to a panel of 4 - 5 judges in a 10-minute presentation with a 15-minute Q&A immediately afterward. The top 6 teams are announced later that evening. On Saturday, January 19, the top 6 teams will present to a different set of judges and to a live audience, with the same format. The winners are announced during the final gala later that night.   To provide competitors with an inspiring and memorable experience, we also host networking events, where competitors can meet investors, veteran entrepreneurs, and fellow students working on their own ventures. Every year, we also invite leaders in business to give talks on the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing the modern entrepreneur.

Criteria

The business plans are judged on and must require the following criteria:
  • Market Opportunity:  What problem are you trying to solve?
  • Business Model and Viability:  How are you going to solve this problem?
  • Execution Strategy: How do you propose to execute your business model? This includes: Marketing, Operations, Human Capital
  • Originality:  Why are you different and or better than any other venture competing in your market?
  • Financial Considerations: What are some things to consider when valuing your company?  How can you use the QEC prize money to make it grow?

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://theqec.com/

Managing Organization: The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition

Contact:


Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
The QEC is open to all students currently enrolled in university or college on a full-time basis in the current academic year working towards an undergraduate degree or diploma.  This also includes students who chose to leave their current school while pursuing their undergraduate degree. Teams may have members that are older, but more than half their core team must fit the criteria specified above. Those that do not meet the specified criteria cannot pitch during the Final Weekend (assuming said team qualifies for a Top 15 position). Each team may have a maximum of four students.  Competitors may involve the help of other students in producing their submission. Those students do not have to be registered members of the group. Existing proposals are valid given the plan has not previously qualified as a finalist (Top6) for the QEC. Business plans must be received electronically by the submission deadline. Please refer to the Updated Rules and Regulations on the website for all requirements.

Deadlines

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