We Love Competitions

If you didn’t already know, Venture College is the go-to place for interesting, inspiring, and educational competitions … and most have cash prizes!! In addition, all competitors are welcome to use our Pitch Center for practice and training.

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Invent for the Planet

February 15-17, 2019

The Invent for the Planet event is an interdisciplinary team opportunity for Boise State students to collaborate with other student teams worldwide in addressing compelling global challenges.

This is 48-hour intensive design experience that engages student teams at different universities around the world on a single weekend to solve high-impact, global problems. New groups will join the race to innovation as time travels across the world. Locally, student teams will work on provided design challenges and will be encouraged to connect with teams across the globe as they come online. Cash and other prizes available to top teams!


Registration is open to 40 students from any academic discipline and any class standing, including PhD and graduate students.


Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, 2nd place winners. Team name: Stike Tech.
Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge, Eric Torres Photos

March 27th-28th, 2019

The Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge believes that students, YOU, have the next big idea. Registration is now open, and finalists will be chosen in February. 24 teams from colleges all over the state will come to Boise to pitch their big ideas for the chance to win a nice chunk of change. In fact, they’re competing for a slice of $100,000!! You in?

Registration is now open! The registration period is November 15, 2018 – February 15, 2019.


Pitch Ideas

Monthly Pitchoffs Starting in November

Venture College has partnered with the Boise Angel Alliance (Boise’s Larget Investor Group) and Trailhead to offer a monthly pitch night, which includes:

  1. Elevator pitches by new Boise Businesses
  2. Student idea pitches around different themes each month
  3. Formal startup pitches looking to raise $100,000’s of dollars from Boise investors (think Shark Tank)

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Boise State Shark Tank

Spring Semester 2019

Shark Tank is a new competition brought to you in partnership by Venture College and Entrepreneurs Organization (E/O)!

Win part of $3000 in prize money and consultation from current Entrepreneurs Organization founders.

The Shark Tank is an event designed by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. If you have an existing startup that you want to take to the next level, we invite you to pitch your idea to our panel of 25 E/O judges. These judges are comprised of local founders from reputable startups such as and UpCycle.

Idea Pitch
Fall & Spring Semesters

You have just 60 seconds to pitch your idea to a panel of judges. Venture College advisors and Boise business leaders will judge your pitching ability–not your business idea itself.

Idea pitches happen through each semester and have different themes, including:

  • Ideas for Social Change
  • Business Ideas
  • Ideas about Educational Improvements
  • And many more …