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.

For the 2019 Social Enterprise Track, teams are particularly encouraged to submit proposals that address affordable housing and women & girls’ empowerment. While encouraged, it is not exclusive to those themes.


Competition Kickoff and Networking Mixer November 14, 2018
Workshop 1: Ideation and Brainstorming January 16, 2019
Bonus Presentation: Social Enterprise January 31, 2019
Concept Papers Due
February 24, 2019
Semi-Finalist Teams Announced March 12, 2019
Pitch Decks Due May 10, 2019
Competition Finals May 23, 2019


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


Finding team members

Competition Resources

  • What is Social Enterprise? View a presentation from Blum Faculty Director and NVC judge Richard Matthew.
  • View an example of a Business Model Canvas from the Social Entrepreneurship Hub at Stanford University.