The College Cup

Entrepreneurial Champions from Virginia Colleges and Universities Pitch at Tom Tom for $10,000.

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Saturday, April 15

3:00PM | The Haven
112 Market St, Charlottesville

Five finalists from across Virginia compete to be crowned the top student venture in the Commonwealth.

Leveraging contests and competitions that occur in each school, five finalists will arrive at Tom Tom to pitch their ideas to $10,000 of cash prizes, courtesy of the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce. 

 

FREE TO ATTEND

FINALISTS

This year’s finalists include the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, William & Mary, and James Madison University. Criteria included a solid business plan, with preference given to ventures which have launched.  

Courtesy of the Galant Center, all participants will be given complimentary badges to the Founders Summit. This multi-day program fosters connections with the best founders in the country.

FORMAT

Finalists are each given 5 minutes to pitch, with 5 minutes of Q&A from investor judges. At the competition, winners will be selected by a blend of 1) crowd voting, 2) faculty voting, 3) judges panel voting. The judges panel will have a weighted vote in case of a tie.

PRIZES

In addition to winning the $6,000 cash prize, the winner of the College Cup will be eligible for automatic inclusion in the Galant Challenge at UVA. This seed stage funding competition has resulted in $2.5M+ invested since 2012.

The second place winner will receive $3,000, and third place will receive $1,000.

JUDGES

Bryan Bostic, 2b Technology (Sold to Ticketmaster)

Brendan Richardson, Cofounder of PsiKick and Astaea

Chad Rogers, Type Zero

Courtney Pace, Fahrenheit 212

 
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