Related competitions that promote creativity and innovation

GE’s Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid is an open call to action for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and students seeking breakthrough ideas to create a cleaner, more efficient and economically viable grid, and accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies.


The Challenge invites people to come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges - building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century.


Global Innovation Game – or GiG – is a new social networking game played on Facebook that will launch in coordination with GEW in November. GiG is a competition of ideas and strategy that will connect GEW participants from around the world, encouraging them to collaborate, share, mentor, and compete with one another.

VentureBeat officially kicked off the 2010 GreenBeat Innovation Competition in October. VentureBeat is looking for the freshest, most promising ideas for making the power grid smarter, more efficient, or more potent.


Founded in 2001, Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition was named after Singapore’s Minister Mentor, widely acknowledged as a thinker and a global visionary. Organised specially for undergraduate, college and polytechnic students around the world, the competition continues to be a platform for entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Participants will be able to showcase their business plans and entrepreneurial talents on a global stage, attract seed funding to further their business ambitions as well as extend their network of friends and business contacts through the Competition.

The MIT Global Challenge connects students with the passion and talent to improve the world with the experience and resources of the MIT community worldwide. It supports innovation and entrepreneurship as public service through an annual competition that awards up to $25,000 per team for the best ideas to tackle barriers to well being.


The Community Tool Box will honor innovative approaches to promoting community health and development worldwide with the 2010 Out of the Box Prize. We invite you to enter and encourage you to share contest information with others doing innovative work to improve life in their communities anywhere in the world. Your group’s work may involve efforts to improve community health, education, urban or rural development, poverty, the environment, social justice, or other related issues of importance to communities. Applicants must be willing to share the group’s innovative and promising approach with others.

"QPrize™" is an international competition designed to launch great ideas from entrepreneurs who strive to bring technology innovation to market. Qualcomm Ventures is awarding $750,000 in seed capital via a series of six regional business plan competitions and one grand-final competition. Eight finalists will be selected in each region and the winner given the opportunity to receive $100,000 in convertible note funding plus an opportunity to compete for an additional $150,000 in our Grand Prize Competition.

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, open to everyone, seeks to promote entrepreneurship and development of start-up and early stage companies. Winners and finalists will share more than $150,000 in prizes.


Established in 2000, the Competition aims to further develop the entrepreneurial spirit in Rhode Island and help create growth companies that will increase local employment.


Festival to encourage engagement in STEM disciplines

Rochester Institute of Technology demonstrates its innovation and creativity annually at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Now RIT has partnered with the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival to help instill an innovative spirit in the rest of the country.

Techkriti is the annual technology and entrep[reneurship festival hosted by IIT Kanpur. Techkriti is a celebration of the fusion of science and art - where the beauty of form is merged with inspiring ingenious innovations. It is about creation that moves beyond barriers. Techkriti has always been synonymous with excellence.

Apps 4 Africa is a contest to highlight the talent of local developers in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania and to leverage the power of digital technology to make a better world. The challenge is to build the best digital tools to address community challenges in areas ranging from healthcare to education and government transparency to election monitoring.


The Spirit of Innovation Awards program challenges teams of high school students to create innovative products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship to solve 21st century, real-world problems.

The University of Texas and Dell are looking for college students from around the world who want to improve areas of critical human need through innovation.


Providing a vehicle for taking student innovations from idea to reality, Dell’s Social Innovation Competition is a real-world exercise for perfecting your skills in:

  • Project/business plan development
  • Pitching ideas to investors
  • Building resource networks