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Application deadline:  Apply at
FALL 2018 November 28 at 11:59 pm  
The first step in the entry process will be to create a user name and password. This will enable you and your team members to return to revise your draft summary prior to Finalists will be notified 3 days prior to finals.

Finals (3-minute PowerPoint pitches plus Q&A.)  Parents, classmates and friends are welcome to attend.
Fall 2018 Friday, December 7, at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  There will be two concurrent tracks in two rooms, for Personal or Service Businesses**  and scalable Venture Enterprises**  (you will be informed as to which category you have been placed in 2 days prior to the finals).  

Business Plan Competition Prizes:  All entrants will receive candid feedback from a business financing expert on their on-line executive summary.  Press releases announcing the finalists and winners will be sent to the media.  Cash and cash-equivalent service awards are granted to the student companies; trophies are awarded to the schools.  Checks will be made out to the company and winners will need to provide an FEIN or SSN of the team leader.  Awards to be granted in each category are:

  • $5000 first place, $2000 second, $1000 third 
  • Best Oral Presentation   $500  
  • Best Online Submission (written Executive Summary)  $500  
  • Additional vouchers (legal services, engineering, patent search, maker and co-working spaces) will be allotted among finalists

Eligibility Requirements:
The team leader and primary presenter must be a student at a Connecticut college or university during the current academic year.  (Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams.)  In keeping with the spirit of the competition to foster entrepreneurship, neither plans written for outside companies as student projects nor plans written on behalf of a company not student-owned and conceived are eligible.
Teams must have a faculty adviser from the submitting institution . 

**  Personal businesses typically are smaller, have a limited or local market, and serve small businesses or consumers.  Scalable Venture enterprises are generally higher risk, scalable, and require more capital but have higher potential returns.  This is often a judgment call as many businesses have characteristics of both.  

newElevator Pitch Olympics. Anyone not in the finals may give a 30-second pitch (without visuals) on their problem/solution.  First Place $1000,  $600 second place,  $400 third place

Undergraduate Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC). Fall semester only.  Schools are invited to enter teams of finance majors and other students interested in equity investment, to decide which of the business plan finalists they would invest in, how much, and for what percentage ownership. A trophy will be awarded to the school that recommends the most astute  investment in the opinion of the judges.  The winner of the Fall competition advances to the regional finals in Boston.

For details email


Competition administered by the Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization.     (203) 540-5903 

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Finalists and Winners

Connecticut New Venture Competition
$20,000 in start-up support services and cash grants.