Now in its 15th year, the UCSB New Venture Competition is an opportunity for any UCSB student to learn how to start a business. Competition events take place throughout the school year. In the Fall Quarter, students brainstorm business ideas, form teams and learn how to formulate and recognize a compelling value proposition. In the Winter Quarter, students can take a course that gives them a learning experience similar to that of a business incubator. The year's activity culminates in two Spring Quarter events. At the New Venture Fair, student teams present their businesses to visitor from the business community in a trade show-style format. A month later, finalist teams present their investor pitches at the New Venture Finals in Corwin Pavilion. All teams in the finals receive cash prizes.
Student teams are guided by mentors from the Central Coast business community, many of whom are successful entrepreneurs and buiness executives themselves. The NVC is funded by its sponsors, who contribute cash prizes and cover the cost of the competition.
The NVC is a great opportunity to learn more about the exciting world of start-up's. Give it a try!
2014 New Venture Competition Orientation
Interested in participating in the 2014 New Venture Competition? Register
New Venture Competition Finals
2013 - 2014 New Venture Competition Timeline
Partner Competitions, 2014
DOE FLoW CleanTech Competition
Hosted by Caltech
Applications due Mar 3, 2014
$450,000+ in prizes
Apply (coming soon)
California Dreamin' Business Plan Competition
Hosted by Chapman University
April 25-26, 2014
$225,000 in prizes
UCSB Representative Selected by NVC Steering Committee
International Business Model Competition
Submissions due Mar 31, 2014
Apply (coming soon)
Questions? Please contact Mike Panesis, Program Manager
Key Concepts Seminars, 2012-2013
New Venture Fair
Markets & Marketing
Key Concepts Seminars, 2011-2012
Key Concepts Seminars, 2010-2011
The UCSB New Venture Competition is open to grad and undergrad students currently enrolled at UCSB. The complete rules and information are available here.
Registration for the 2014 New Venture Competition will open later in the Fall Quarter.
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