How do I apply to the New Venture Competition?
Visit the Entering the Competition page, then click to register for the competition. Create an account through Startup Compete, complete the questionnaire, and upload your executive summary. Once your executive summary is successfully uploaded, consider yourself entered!
Who is judging the competition?
We have assembled an eclectic mix of judges from a wide range of backgrounds, including angel investors; venture capitalists; successful serial entrepreneurs; executive business professionals from the banking, legal, IT, industrial, healthcare, and professional services industries; and leading academics in entrepreneurship, management, and other areas of business.
Will I receive help from a mentor?
Yes. All 10 finalist teams will be assigned a mentor to work with for the weeks leading up to the final presentations.
Can I enter an idea by myself, as a one-person team?
No. Competition teams must consist of 2-4 team members.
I am graduating soon/have graduated recently. Am I still eligible to participate?
Yes. As long as you have graduated within 18 months of the initial entry deadline (October 3, 2017), you will be eligible to participate. (i.e. Graduated during or after May 2016)
If our team is a finalist, will we receive reimbursement of travel expenses?
Although we will not be reimbursing for travel expenses, all finalist businesses are guaranteed to receive a minimum of $1,500 Honorable Mention cash award.
Can I bring my friends and family to attend the competition?
Absolutely. Please have them register their attendance online. Visit our Attend the Competition page to register your attendance.
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