Entrepreneurship Organizations

Biz Plan Competitions is focused on monitoring and reporting the most promising, legitimate entrepreneurship contests and business plan competitions in the world, Biz Plan Competitions compiles this information for enterprising start-ups and their principals. Launched as a resource for entrepreneurs, BPC continues to research and expand one of the most comprehensive collections of competitive and funding opportunities for start-ups in the world. (California alone has 19 events with $1,578,360 in prize money!)

idea villageThe Idea Village is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to identify,support, and retain entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. The Idea Village is a globally recognized leader of entrepreneurship by catalyzing an entrepreneurial ecosystem that has provided direct support to over 2,200 New Orleans entrepreneurs by engaging over 2,100 professionals to allocateover 56,949 consulting hours and $3.1 million in seed capital. Collectively, this portfolio generates over $100 million in annual revenue and has created over 2,000 jobs for our community.

points of lightPoints of Light helps put people at the center of transforming their communities through four innovative and dynamic enterprises. HandsOn Network is the largest volunteer network in the nation, mobilizing people through 250 Volunteer Centers in 16 countries. generationOn is the youth service movement that ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world. AmeriCorps Alums is the national service alumni network that activates the next generation of service leaders. Points of Light Corporate Institute enables companies to engage their employees and customers in service.

unreasonable instituteThe Ureasonable Institute gets world-changing ventures and entrepreneurs what they need to scale their impact. Each year, we unite 10-30 entrepreneurs (called “Unreasonable Fellows”) from every corner of the globe to live under the same roof for six weeks in Boulder, Colorado. These entrepreneurs receive customized training and support from 50 world-class mentors, ranging from a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet, to the head of user experience at Google X, to an entrepreneur who’s enabled over 20 million farmers to move out of poverty. In the process, they form relationships with corporations and international organizations, receive legal advice & design consulting, and get in front of hundreds of potential funders. Our goal is to bring all the resources to accelerate these ventures so they can scale to meet the needs of at least one million people each. Applications for the 2014 Institute will open in September of 2013.

Basic RGBVillage Capital provides opportunity to entrepreneurs across the globe building solutions for a better world. To date, we have operated peer-driven educational programs with over 250 ventures from more than 30 countries, with top enterprises, as selected by the participants themselves, receiving the chance for investment to enable their businesses to grow.


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IDEX Accelerator (IDEX) is a career launch-pad for aspiring social enterprise practitioners. The 6 month program offers intense field experience and leadership training curriculum that equips fellows with the equivalent of 2 years marketable work experience that’s relevant to social enterprise employers.

RallyPAD_icon_RRally Pad  is a launch site for a better tomorrow. We’re an incubator and workspace for non-profits and social entrepreneurs in San Francisco and Berlin. Our members work out of a unique space, consult for free with expert mentors, and enjoy some awesome perks. They’re collaborating on visionary projects like making Internet access a human right, reducing food waste in America, and re-imagining scientific research. Everyone is invited to our great lineup of public events focused on social good.


greenstartGreenstart is the fusion of design, capital, and speed. We are passionate about helping startups like yours change the world. Startups are Hard. Complexity kills and most don’t survive. We know because we’re entrepreneurs too, and the startups we created failed at first. But along the way we learned how to succeed by studying what works and simplifying the process. There is a smarter path. It’s called Startup Design™. It simplifies the complexity of starting a company and increases your chances of success.


NetImpactThe Leeds Net Impact Case Competition is the premier case competition format built around businesses facing sustainability challenges, while succeeding financially. Together with our sponsor, this competition attracts the top rated business schools and future industry leaders to Boulder, Colorado, for a two-day event. The competition is an opportunity to bring together students, executives and businesses who share a common commitment to sustainable business practices and financial returns.


ideo-logoIDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. We identify new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviors, and desires. We envision new companies and brands, and we design the products, services, spaces, and interactive experiences that bring them to life. We help organizations build creative culture and the internal systems required to sustain innovation and launch new ventures.


pave-logoPAVE represents a generation of young people striving to do work that matters and accomplished leaders who recognize the value of investing in them. Our prospects are rebuilding the economy and reinvigorating our culture, but need financial flexiblity and wisdom from those whose footsteps they follow. Now, we’ve created a new way to make that happen – an opportunity both pragmatic and visionary. We’re asking you to join us.

venture atlantaVenture Atlanta, Georgia’s technology innovation event, connects Georgia’s entrepreneurs with venture capitalists, bankers, angel investors and others who can help them raise the capital they need to grow their businesses. Companies who have presented at Georgia venture conferences have raised over $1 BILLION.


Dell Social Innovation ChallengeWith more than $350,000 in Prizes and Awards, the Dell Social Innovation Challenge identifies and supports promising young social innovators who dedicate themselves to solving the world’s most pressing problems with their transformative ideas. We provide university students with world-class teaching and training, as well as with start-up capital and access to a network of mentors and advisors.