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Values and Ventures Competition: Opportunity for Student Entrepreneurs to Pitch & Win $100K

Values and Ventures Competition

The Values and Ventures Competition calls for applications from students across the globe in a business solving a problem in their communities, to pitch their ideas conscious capitalism ventures. The winners will take home thousands of dollars to implement their ideas.

Values and Ventures Competition is the brain child of Neeley School of Business at the Texas Christian University. It is a challenge seeking solutions like recycling plants that employ the homeless, better access to autism treatment, human-powered farm machines, real-time organ donor communication and many more.

Values and Ventures Competition

Criteria for Values and Ventures competition

Firstly, business ideas being submitted for the Values and Ventures competition should be for-profit and must be enterprises that are value-centered. Don’t apply if your idea is not for profit.

Your business plans ought to be demonstrating a societal or environmental need to be filled and be profit oriented.

Who is eligible?

If you are currently offering an undergraduate program during the 2020-22 academic school year (August 2020 – May 2021), you are surely eligible.

Also, students who recently completed their courses are eligible, provided they have not started their graduate programs or taking graduate-level courses at the time of the competition

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Prizes

  • In-kind awards from sponsors.
  • Honorable Mentions (3) $500 each
  • Elevator Pitch Third $1,000
  • Elevator Pitch Second $1,500
  • Elevator Pitch First $2,000
  • Honorable Mentions (6) $5,000 each
  • Third Place $20,000
  • Second Place $40,000
  • Grand Prize $100,000*

All the teams also qualify for special cash awards such as Founders Award – $5,000, Sly Innovation Award – $2,500 and the Ripple Effect Award – $2,500.

Grand winner of 2019

The virtual award for 2021 is rewarding innovators (undergrads) and investors. The innovators will pitch their business plans and act as investors to the other teams, where they choose who progresses to the next stage of the competition.

Values and Ventures Competition stresses that business plans need to be profit oriented while addressing societal challenges including supporting needy people, addressing environmental crisis, giving back to the community.

Since launching in 2010, the Values and Ventures Competition has seen over 138 universities participatind, 162 companies being launched and a US$610,000 in cash prizes awarded in the process. Read more about this competition and apply before February 22, 2021

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MEST Africa: Applications Opens to Aspiring Tech Entrepreneurs in Class of 2022

MEST Africa

MEST Africa calls for applications into the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology Training Program Class of 2022. This is a twelve (12) month graduate-level training program for aspiring tech startup founders on the continent of Africa. Deadline is the 29th of April, 2021.

Since the launch of MEST Africa in 2008, the company has invested over $22 million in training over 350 individual entrepreneurs and over 60 of them have received investments across Africa.

The MEST Africa entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local, regional and global markets, received follow-on funding from global investors and gotten into top accelerator programs such as Y-combinator, 500 startups and TechStars.

The MEST Africa Training Program is the leading entrepreneurial training program in Africa in business, communications and software development which includes extensive hands-on project work for trainees, culminating in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed investment and grow their businesses.

The successful world-class MEST Training Program annually runs with the help of an internationally recognized faculty. Its teaching fellows come from some of the best universities around the globe with the likes of Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and more.

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MEST Africa

They as well offer selected entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) the opportunity to be mentored by real-life Entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from all over the world. Some of its guest lecturers are executives of Uber, Facebook, Safaricom, Samsung, Interswitch, etc.

This year, MEST Africa says it is welcoming entrepreneurs living in Ghana and Nigeria mainly because of the way organizations operate around the world today due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, causing travel restrictions and moving many workplaces to adopt digital solutions.

Who qualifies to to be accepted into the MEST Africa Training Program?

  • A degree from a top university or Technical College or equivalent experience with at least two (2) years corporate and startup experience (preferred)
  • Deep skills in either communications, business or software development (from the onset or acquired during the Pre-Learning stage)
  • Young persons crazy about tech and entrepreneurship, and how to use technology to achieve business results
  • Should be ready to commit to a full residential program for a whole year
  • Disciplined, motivated self-starter who can work and deliver on assignments and projects – demonstrate this by completing the required Pre-Learning courses and MEST’s rigorous recruitment process
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company
  • Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
  • Ability to work well in teams, proven academic or professional excellence
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Confident and independent thinking
  • Excellent people skills
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The MEST Africa Training Program commences on the 1st of September and ends on the 31 of August, 2022. All interested persons should find out more about the Curriculum Structure. You will complete their pre-learning courses, take an aptitude test and the Training Program Application form. This is a fully sponsored training for all qualified entrepreneurs.

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