COMPETITIONS

Entrepreneurial competitions offer a chance to share your vision with the community and compete for cash prizes.

 

COMPETITIONS

Entrepreneurial competitions offer a chance to share your vision with the community and compete for cash prizes.

 

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CVILLE GIVES GRANT NIGHT

MONDAY

Six semi-finalists compete for a grant from Cville Gives, a philanthropic networking club made up of locals pooling their resources to have a greater impact on the community.

Application information coming soon.

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CROWDFUNDED PITCH NIGHT

 

MONDAY

Ten local entrepreneurs pitch to a live audience willing to pledge funds to their favorite contestant. It’s a three minute chance to share your vision with the community and inspire the crowd to action!

FINANCIAL SUPPORT & MENTORING

The i.Lab at UVA vows to match the crowd’s funds to provide the winning entrepreneur with up to $2500 in additional financial support as well as one-on-one mentoring and other resources. This support doubles the amount that the winner can use to launch or grow their idea.

16 WEEK ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP

One of the presenting entrepreneurs will win a spot in Community Investment Collaborative’s 16-Week Entrepreneur Workshop.

This hands-on, interactive workshop is designed for new and existing entrepreneurs. During the workshop, entrepreneurs are given tools, resources, and community connections to help determine whether their business is viable and assists them with developing an initial plan for launching or growing their business.

CASH POOL

Following the pitches, the crowd buys votes to support the ideas they feel are most likely to be successful or which they most want to see succeed. The i.Lab at UVA matches the crowd’s funds 1:1 to provide the winner with up to $2500, in addition to one-on-one mentoring and other invaluable resources. The pool of money goes to the winner. Each year the amount differs, but it has been as high as $5,000.

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AMERICAN EVOLUTION INNOVATORS CUP

THURSDAY

The American Evolution Innovators Cup will convene the best and brightest entrepreneurial teams from Virginia universities to pitch their business concepts and compete for $20,000 in prizes.

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.

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