Business Competition

Conrad Challenge

Date(s): 2023 dates announced in August
Type: Global

This business challenge tasks students between ages 13 and 18 to apply science and technology to solve global issues, create a pitch, and build a business plan. Participants work in teams of two to five students to compete in four traditional categories and one special category that changes annually. The four traditional categories are:

  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Cyber technology and security
  • Energy and environment
  • Health and Nutrition

The 2021/2022 special category was “re-purposed farmlands and alternative uses of tobacco (and its by-products)”.

Over the course of the year, you and your teammates will go step-by-step through the entrepreneurial process and design an innovation that solves an important problem. The 2022-2023 competition is comprised of four stages:

  • Activation Stage (due Oct 14, 2022)
    You’ll embark on your journey by assembling your crew of 2-5 students plus a coach and completing registration.
  • Lean Canvas Stage (due Nov 11, 2022)
    You’ll plan out your path by brainstorming ideas, selecting your innovation and category, and preparing a Lean Canvas.
  • Innovation Stage (due Jan 13, 2023)
    You’ll bring your innovation to life by writing an Innovation Brief, recording an Innovation Video, and creating a website (Cyber-Technology only).
  • Power Pitch Stage (in April 2023)

If you are named a Finalist, you’ll come to our Innovation Summit at Space Center Houston and gather with other teams from around the world to pitch your innovation live to our Judges.
Teams compete for rewards and recognition. Outstanding teams are named Conrad Innovators and the top teams are named Pete Conrad Scholars.

What’s new this year?

Drawing inspiration from the latest entrepreneurial practices, such as lean startup and design thinking, we’ve reimagined our rounds and crafted new materials for you to submit. You’ll start off with a new preceding stage and later you’ll prepare a Lean Canvas, record an Innovation Video, and publish a website (Cyber-Technology only). If you’ve competed before, you’ll find this year’s competition is streamlined and contemporary with the latest in the innovation ecosystem!

Blue Ocean High School Entrepreneur Pitch Competition

Date(s): 2/18/22
Type: Global

The Blue Ocean High School Entrepreneur Pitch Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious business competitions for high school students. Participants can work alone or in teams of up to five to generate an innovative product or service that the world needs and pitch it in a maximum five-minute-long video.

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

Date(s): 4/1/22-9/15/22
Type: Global

Individuals between the ages of 13 and 29 are invited to participate in this business competition focused on using entrepreneurship to solve global issues. Participants are challenged to create or implement an idea, project, concept, solution, or initiative with a societal impact that addresses one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Wharton Global High School Investment Competition

Dates: 9/22-4/23
Type: Global

The Wharton Global High School Investment Competition is a highly regarded business competition for high schoolers and is open to students in grades nine through 12. Participants are required to examine a case study of a potential client and create a portfolio that meets their long-term goals using $100,000 in hypothetical funds. Unlike investment competitions that select winners based on the performance of their portfolio, Wharton Global High School Investment Competition winners are chosen based on the strength and articulation of their investment strategy.

Global Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (GYEC)

Date(s): 5/28/21
Type: Global

The GYEC is a 12-hour, online, worldwide business competition for high school students ages 14 through 19. Participants work in teams of up to eight students—each ideally possessing broad and complementary skill sets—to solve a significant global problem using an innovative and sustainable enterprise idea. Winning teams will receive a trophy along with an award certificate.

GENIUS Olympiad Business

Date(s): 4/18/22-6/18/22
Type: Global

Participants in the GENIUS Olympiad compete in numerous categories (including business) focused on environmental issues. Students can compete in one of two business tracks: entrepreneurship or social responsibility. Both tracks require the participant to deliver a presentation as if they were making a real pitch for funding—dressing in formal business attire and including an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

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