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New Venture Competition

About the Competition

Baylor Business New Venture Competition

About the Competition

The Baylor New Venture Competition is underwritten by an anonymous gift to Baylor University and the Hankamer School of Business. The differentiator in the Baylor New Venture Competition and other competitions is the focus on encouraging student entrepreneurs worldwide to catalyze and grow their business.

Applicants will receive expert advice throughout the competition cycle.

  • Executive Summary Feedback
  • Business Plan Feedback
  • One-on-One Mentorship
  • Rounds of Pitch Coaching
  • Feedback Sessions
  • Final Presentation Feedback

The day of finals will include pitch presenatations with Judge Q&A,networking, booths, audience participation and awards.

The Baylor New Venture Competition is successful because of the support from hundreds of experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders and sponsors.

Important Dates

Please note that all submission deadlines are firm. **Please note important date change. **

September 1, 2020 Entry Period Opens
November 1, 2020 Executive Summary Deadline (11:59 p.m. Central Time)
December 4, 2020 Announcement of Top 50 Teams Advancing
January 4, 2021 Business Plan Submission Deadline (11:59 p.m. Central Time)
February 5, 2021 Announcement of Top 10 Finalist Teams
March 25-27, 2021 Baylor New Venture Competition at Baylor University
March 26, 2021 Baylor New Venture Competition Virtual Finals

2021 Eligibility

The 2021 Baylor New Venture Competition is open to all not-for-profit accredited university students and recent alumni. There is no limit to the number of teams from a single university that may apply. For further information on team eligibility, visit the 2021 Official Guidebook for details.


Competition Format

Below is a brief description of how the rounds take place as the applicant pool is narrowed during the course of the competition:

  • Round 1: Executive Summary (Online)

    Teams submit a 2-page Executive Summary of their business concept and verification of student status. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on November 1, 2020. The Top 50 teams will be chosen and notified of their advancement to the next round.

  • Round 2: Business Plan (Online)

    The Top 50 teams will submit a full business plan,cap table, verification of establishment of a legal entity and tax forms by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on January 4, 2021. The Top 10 Finalist Teams will then be assigned a mentor and compete in the finals at Baylor University.

  • Virtual Finals

    The virtual finals will consist of the ten finalist teams, presenting to a panel of judges. Presentation assignment will be in random order. After a series of Q&A, our expert judges will allocate a score for each team and will record feedback comments. The attendees will have the oportunity to vote for their favorite pitches for the People's Choice Awards. Winners will be announced.
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