New Venture Competition

New Venture Competition

Since its inception in 1999, the New Venture Competition (NVC) has continued to grow in popularity and quality, and has become an important and transformational educational experience at UC Santa Barbara. NVC is unique relative to many university business competitions in that it is open to students of all majors and levels at UCSB, and it requires participants to complete a rigorous eight-month program to develop, refine, and validate their businesses. The entire process involves a variety of preparation courses, workshops, and seminars led by an outstanding and committed group of faculty and industry mentors.

Miss or want to replay the 2021 New Venture Competition? You can stream the video on demand. Click on video chapters to jump to the portion you wish to view. 

Chapter 1: Introduction from New Venture Program Director, Dave Adornetto; Chapter 2: Team Solaris; Chapter 3: Team Aquipur; Chapter 4: Team Eel Armor; Chapter 6: Team Ultim; Chapter 7: Team Scopen; Chapter 8: Team Tesserol; Chapter 10: "Best of" High School; Chapter 11: Awards  

faculty offering feedback on student business pitch

Through hands-on instruction and industry mentorship, students learn to create and launch a startup business and compete in the annual New Venture Competition (NVC), UCSB’s flagship entrepreneurial experience. Working in multi-disciplinary teams under the guidance of faculty and mentors, students learn about and practice business model development, customer discovery, market validation, go-to-market strategies, as well as how to develop and deliver an investor pitch. Students also gain an understanding of new venture financing alternatives, legal and intellectual property matters, and methods for effective financial forecasting.

student presenting business idea before judges and audience
NVC Program Information

NVC Program Information

The New Venture Competition is an eight-month educational experience, with activities and curriculum spanning the entire academic 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, participants are offered NVC preparation courses and a variety of topical seminars that provide a learning experience similar to that of a startup accelerator. 

The NVC program culminates with two Spring Quarter events: The New Venture Fair, where student teams present their businesses to the public in a tradeshow-style format, and the New Venture Finals, where the finalist teams present an investor pitch to a panel of judges for prize money.

Local business executives and entrepreneurs mentor the students throughout the NVC process and provide valuable contacts that enable the teams to validate their ideas and business models.

General Resources

Participants in the New Venture Competition have benefitted from the following Resources:

UCSB Library

Angela Chikowero, Business and Economics Subject Liaison can be reached at Click here to show mail address.

Angela can help find all UCSB Library Business and Economic Resources

Business Resources


Steve Blank's Web Site: Excellent information source for entrepreneurs.

Steve Blank Blog Post on Open Source Entrepreneurship: Compendium of free and low-cost start-up tools

Steve Blank Lean LaunchPad Lectures: Free, lays out the LLP approach to start-ups in detail

Kaufman Founders School: Lectures on Entrepreneurship Topics from the Kaufman Foundation

Raising Seed Capital: Comprehensive presentation on types of capital and pitch elements Great source of educational videos on a variety of business and technical topics


The Startup Owner's Manual, Blank & Dorf

Business Model Generation, Osterwalder & Pigneur

The Lean Startup, Ries


2021-2022 New Venture Competition Schedule

November 2021

Mixer 1 

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, 6 PM, Corwin Plaza

Info Session

Monday, Nov. 8, 5:30 PM (Virtual)

Attend via Zoom at this Link

Mixer 2

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, 6 PM, Corwin Plaza

Elevator Pitch Social

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, 6 PM Corwin Pavilion

April 2022

NVC Fair

Thursday, April 21, 2022, Corwin Pavilion

May 2022

NVC Finals

Thursday, May 19, 2022, Corwin Pavilion


New Venture Competition Information Session I