Business plan or business idea competitions can be a fun and competitive way for startups, both inside and outside the academic setting, to gain recognition, pitch practice, valuable connections and of course, seed money. Business plan competitions can range in size, industry focus, frequency/time of year, and prize money. It is important to read all of the competition’s specific rules and regulations before applying. The following lists are organized based on statewide (Texas) business plan competitions and national business plan competition links and databases. Periodically take a moment to browse the various competitions that exist and what the application process entails. If you see a competition that is a good fit for you and your venture, seize the moment and apply! The University of Texas at Dallas and the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are not affiliated with the following competitions and programs and any questions should be directed to the main point of contacted listed. If a contact is not listed, visit the specific competition’s website for more information.