Student Competitions

As a graduate business student, these competitions will help you build your resume while you apply your business skills toward real-world problems. Some competitions even offer scholarship awards and travel opportunities.

Student Competitions Hosted by Portland State


PSU’s Launch-in-9 capstone program provides a real-world learning experience that helps technology and business students gain the skills and working business knowledge they need to succeed in today’s competitive job market and startup community — while meeting PSU graduation requirements. Whether you’re interested in pursuing entrepreneurship or a career in product or business development, Launch-in-9 can jumpstart your successful future.

Launch-in-9 is a joint program of the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science and The School of Business. Through a nine-month process, collaborative teams of engineering and MBA students explore and develop potential business and product ideas, following the highly relevant lean startup methodology utilized by thousands of successful companies worldwide. 

MBA students are eligible to participate.

Elevating Impact Lab

Elevating Impact Lab is designed to activate PSU students into change agents. Over one weekend, you'll work with mentors from the community, faculty and staff to experience innovation in action and grow your entrepreneurial skills. You'll build a team, develop, refine, test and pitch a business concept.

Cleantech Challenge

Take your cleantech innovation from concept to reality while learning from Oregon entrepreneurs, cleantech experts and investment professionals.

Three-Minute Thesis

The Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition designed to help students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience, all in just three minutes. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia for Masters and Doctoral students. 3MT began in 2008 and has since spread to 80 universities in a dozen countries.