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 is sponsoring the Social Enterprise Track within the New Venture Competition. Learn more about New Venture on the Beall Center website.

New Venture Competition Kickoff & Mixer – 11/6/19

November 6, 2019 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Merage School Auditorium Do you have an idea you’ve always wanted to turn into a business? Or a social enterprise? Join us on November 6th as the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship introduces a BRAND NEW format for UCI’s premier entrepreneurial competition. […]

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Competition Kickoff and Networking Mixer November 6, 2019
Workshop 1: How to Come up with a Billion Dollar Idea
November 20, 2019
Concept Papers Due
February 20, 2020
Semi-Finalist Teams Announced March 3, 2020
Pitch Decks Due April 29, 2020
Grand Finale
May 21, 2020


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


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