The MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition is one of the largest and most famous business plan competitions in the world. Entirely student-managed, students from all programs and levels at MIT organize and enter the $100K. Teams must include at least 1 full-time MIT student, but membership is not restricted to the MIT community. The Competition is supported by the MIT Entrepreneurship Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Every year - a total of $300,000 is distributed as non-dilutive grant money. Since 1990 the MIT $100K has given birth to over 160 companies, generating 4,600 jobs, receiving over $1.3 billion in venture capital funding and have a cumulative market value of over $15 billion Throughout the academic year, the teams take part in a process that includes:
The competition started in 1990 as the $10K competition, and continued to grow throughout the 1990s. In 1996 the $10K evolved into the $50K with $30K going to the winner and $10K to each of two runners-up. In 2006, the $50K added another competition focused on business plans for low-income communities to complement the traditional business venture competition. Subsequently, the competition has rebranded as the MIT $100K.
The MIT $100K Pitch Contest is put on every year by the MIT $100K organizing committee. It is held in the fall of each year and is intended to provide a way for entrepreneurs with ideas to form teams. It is considered a warm-up event for the Executive Summary Contest held in the winter and the Business Plan Contest held in the spring. In the Elevator Pitch Contest, each contestant is given 60 seconds in front of a crowd to give their "elevator pitch," with the winner receiving a cash prize. This contest is open to the public.
The MIT $100K ACCELERATE Contest has replaced the MIT $100K Executive Summary Contest in 2011. It is held in the winter of academic year and is intended to help teams build a robust prototype for their start-up idea. Teams will work on creating a demo of their idea over December and January, and the best demos will be presented in the ACCELERATE Finale Show to a crowd of hundreds. MIT $100K will be providing resources and mentorship to help teams build their demos which will be reviewed by a panel of judges with the winner receiving a cash prize.
The MIT $100K Launch Contest is the flagship of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. In the spring, semi-finalists are selected from all business plan submissions. LAUNCH is the final contest in the $100K cycle. Participants present full-scale business plans for the chance to win a $100,000 Grand Prize.
|Year||Winner||Track and Description||Team Members|
|2020||Ocular Technologies||Hardware, Health & Wellness||Brett Sternfield, Zona Liu, Grayson Armstrong|
|2019||Acoustic Wells||Artificial Intelligence, IoT||Sebastien Mannai, Charles-Henri Clerget, Louis Creteur|
|2018||Infinite Cooling||n/a||Maher Damak, Karim Khalil|
|2017||Lightmatter||n/a||Nick Harris, Darius, Dr. Yichen Shen, Thomas Graham|
|2015||Raptor Maps||n/a||Nikhil Vadhavkar, Forrest Meyen, Edward Obropta|
|2014||Disease Diagnostic Group||n/a|
|2013||3dim||Mobile Track||Andrea Colaço, Nan-Wei Gong, Vivek K. Goyal, Ahmed Kirmani, Nate Stewart, and Rahul Tejwani|
|2012||Filepicker.io||Mobile Track||Brett Van Zuiden, Anand Dass, David Chang, Thomas G|
|2010||C-Crete||Products & Services Track||Rouzbeh Shahsavari, Natanel Barookhian|
|2009||Ksplice||Web/IT Track||Tim Abbott, Jeff Arnold, Waseem Daher, Anders Kaseorg, Nelson Elhage|
|2008||Diagnostics for All||Life Sciences Track||Roozbeh Ghaffari, Jon Puz, Hayat Sindi, Gilbert Tang, Carol Waghorne, Krishna Yeshwant|
|2007||Robopsy||Medical Devices (for biopsies)||John Harthorne, Conor Walsh, Nevan Hanumara|
|2006||Semprus BioSciences (formerly SteriCoat)||Surface Modifications on Medical Devices||Chris Loose, David Lucchino, Joel Moxley, Mike Hencke and Vipin Gupta|
|2005||Balico||Medical Devices||Baruch Schori, Harry Lee, Kathleen Sienko, Jimmy Robertsson|
|2004||Active Joint Brace
|Medical Devices||Mira Sahney, Kailas Narendran, John McBean, Joe Jackson, Hocking Chen, Raja Surapanani,|
|2003||SmartCells||Medical Devices||Todd C. Zion, Robert Bruch, Martin Curiel, John Hebert, Tsafrir Vanounou|
|1998||Direct Hit Technologies||Internet search engine||Mike Cassidy, Gary Culliss, Steven Yang|
|1992||Toolbox||Machine Tool Controller||Miles Arnone, Chad Clawson, Dan Berkery|
|1991||Stylus Innovation||Barcode-based remote shopping||Krisztina 'Z' Holly, Mike Cassidy, John Barrus|
Since its founding, the $100K Competition has helped launch more than 60 companies with an aggregate value of greater than $10.5 billion. Prominent $100K alumni companies include Akamai, net. Genesis, and C-Bridge.
|Year||Competition Result||Company||Result||Exit Value|
|1991||Grand-Prize Winner||Stylus Innovation||Acquired - 1996||$12.8M|
|1995||Finalist||Harmonix, Inc.||Acquired - 2006||$700M|
|1995||Finalist||Silicon Spice||Acquired by Broadcom||$1.2 billion|
|1996||Finalist||Webline Communications||Acquired by Cisco||$325M|
|1998||Grand-Prize Winner||Direct Hit||Acquired - 2000||$517M|
|1998||Runner-up||Akamai||IPO - 1999||$26.00 per share
Current market cap: $12.50 Billion
|2003||Finalist||Brontes Technologies||Acquired by 3M - 2006||$95M|
|2006||Finalist||HubSpot||Current Market cap||$2.29 Billion|
|2010||Finalist||Pushpins||Acquired by Ebates - 2012||$10–17M|
The competition was founded in the 1989–1990 academic year and was initially intended as a promotional vehicle for the MIT Entrepreneurs Club (now the MIT E-Club.) Club members Richard Durling-Shyduroff and Douglas Ling along with club Founder Peter Mui envisioned a cross-campus event that brought MIT's varied schools together to identify and support innovative ideas on campus. The goal was to create a safe, nurturing, (relatively controlled) sandbox environment where fledgling entrepreneurs could try their wings. The lead alumni donor was George Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron. with additional generous support from other alumni, the Sloan School (Dean Lester Thurow) and Engineering School (Acting Dean Jack Kerrebrock.)
|2020||Akhilesh Koppineni, Christian Mirabile, Jennifer Shin|
|2019||Harry Kainen, Kat Krieger, Cy Schroeder|
|2018||Jake Guglin, Sandy Corrales|
|2015||Marc Chalifoux, Jake Auchincloss|
|2014||Peri AbouZied, Gino Korolev|
|2013||Ally Yost, Haya Al Ghanim|
|2012||Alice Francis, Adam Borelli|
|2011||John Casey, Kourosh Kaghazian|
|2009||Sombit Mishra, Brian Cantwell|
|2005||Jason Fuller, Lawrence Walmsley|
|2004||Ian Blakely, Marcus Lopez|
|2003||Dan Riskin, Matt Richards|
|1990||Peter Mui, Doug Ling|
|1989||Peter Mui, Doug Ling|
The Entrepreneurship for Development Competition is a competition for business plans that are judged on the following criteria: uniqueness of business idea, management strength, path to sustainability and social impact. The competition was added in 2006 as a complement to the Business Venture Competition due to increasing demand and interest in socially conscious ideas. In the spring, semi-finalists are selected from all business plan submissions. Semi-finalists submit more detailed business plans and 5-6 finalists are then chosen. At the awards ceremony, the top team is awarded the Entrepreneurship for Development grand prize.
In 1998, a dual award within the Venture Competition was awarded to a pair of finalists including Volunteer Community Connection. At the time, VCC was a non-traditional entry into the competition and has since served as a motivating example for the genesis of the MIT $100K Developmental Entrepreneurship Competition. As a result, they are listed as a winner and implicitly as an innovator within the Entrepreneurship for Development Competition.
|2007||Bagazo||Alternate Fuels from Agricultural Waste||Johan Löfström, Felicita Holsztejn, Jules D. Walter, Gerthy Lahens, Amy Banzaert|
|2006||CentroMigrante||Sustainable Housing for Migrant Communities||Illac Diaz, Neil Ruiz, Tina Laforteza, Artessa Salvidar-Sali, Bianca Locsin, Chester Yu|
|1998||Volunteer Community Connection||The Volunteer Community Connection enables the easy and automated sign-up and management of volunteers with non-profit agencies.||Michael Bryzek, Jonathan Allen, Oumi Mehrotra, Emily Sandberg, Mark Y. Sun|