The UCI New Venture Competition offers UCI students, staff members, and researchers the opportunity to form a team, launch a startup and potentially fund their business idea all within seven months. Teams compete for more than $100,000 in prize money!

You have full control over what you create. We connect you with other students, provide you with the tools to transform your idea into a concept, and even match you with industry mentors to develop your concept into a solution. Teams submit a 3-page concept paper in February and those chosen as semi-finalists build a pitch deck and present their idea to the judges in May!

Following the success of the Designing Solutions for Poverty Competition, the Blum Center encourages student participation in the Social Enterprise Track within the New Venture Competition. Learn more on the Beall Center website.

New Venture Competition Workshop 1 – 1/20/21

January 20, 2021 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Zoom Do you have an idea you’ve always wanted to turn into a business? Or a social enterprise? Join us on January 20th as the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts the first workshop for the 2020-2021 New Venture Competition. In this […]

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Competition Kickoff January 13, 2021
Workshop 1: How to Come up with a Billion Dollar Idea
January 20, 2021
Elevator Pitch Submission Opens
January 31, 2021
Concept Papers & Videos Due February 28, 2021
Board Room Pitches Begin May 13, 2021
Ant Tank Finale
May 29, 2021


For the full list of all 10 workshops and to RSVP, visit the Beall Center website.


Finding team members

  • If you are looking to build, or join, a team for the New Venture Competition, check out the new pilot

Competition Resources